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All Blacks opening half Beauden Barrett will have his 100th selection in the Test match against Wales on Saturday in Cardiff.

The 30-year-old opener, who had his first cap in 2012, is preparing to face the Welsh in the Test-match for the eighth time, becoming at the same time the 11th All Black to reach the legendary 100 caps.

“It’s a very special moment for Beauden and his family and it’s also a special moment for this team and its legacy,” New Zealand coach Ian Foster said after revealing his starting XV on Thursday.

“He is an essential leader, he was captain of the All Blacks, he is vice-captain on this tour and he has a big influence on and off the pitch,” added the manager.

“The opportunity to be able to play in this 100th game at this stadium against Wales is very special,” Foster continued, ahead of the meeting on Saturday at 6.15pm.

The All Blacks, who have not lost against the Leek XV since 1953, begin their European tour after a crushing 104-14 victory against the United States on Saturday.

Jordie Barrett – Jordan, Lienert-Brown, Havill, Rieko Ioane – Beauden Barrett, Perenara – Ardie Savea, Papalli, Blackadder – Whitelock (cap), Retallick – Laulala, Taylor, Moody

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