Bernard Foley will return to flyhalf for his first Test start since the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland back in August with Kurtley Beale shifting to inside centre.
Matt Toomua has been named on an extended bench for his last game before returning to club duties in England at the conclusion of the international window.
The Leicester playmaker is ineligible for the third Bledisloe Cup Test in Japan but may be selected for the upcoming Spring Tour of Wales, Italy and England.
Hooker Tolu Latu has also earned a re-call for a spot amongst the reserves, in what could be his first Test since the opening Bledisloe Cup clash in Sydney.
Bernard Foley back at 10 for the Wallabies, Beale to 12 and Toomua on the bench.— Beth Newman (@bethknewman) October 4, 2018
Tolu Latu returns after TPN injury and one of Rory Arnold/Rob Simmons likely to drop out of the extended squad tomorrow. #ARGvAUShttps://t.co/s9r4Sc2CiN
The extended bench will be trimmed to eight on Friday after the team travels to Salta, in Argentina’s north-west, from their current base in Buenos Aires.
Argentina won the last meeting between the two sides 23-19 on the Gold Coast last month, to break a five-match win streak for Australia.
Saturday’s clash in Salta will also be the first Test between the Wallabies and Pumas at Padre Ernesto Maltearena Stadium which sits 1,152 metres above sea level.
Qantas Wallabies team to play Argentina at Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium, Salta on Saturday October 6, 7.45pm local time (Sunday 02.45am UAE Time)
*one to be omitted
Rugby Championship – Wallabies matches
Wallabies 13 v New Zealand 38 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 18 August
New Zealand 40 v Wallabies 12 at Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 25 August
Wallabies 23 v South Africa 18 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 8 September
Wallabies 19 v 23 Argentina at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Saturday 15 September
South Africa 23 v 12 Wallabies at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, Sunday 30 September
Argentina v Wallabies at Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium, Salta, Sunday 7 October 02.40 UAE Time
The matchday 23 sees just two changes to the forward pack, with 102-Test prop Owen Franks back at tighthead prop and All Blacks Captain Kieran Read returning at number eight. Ofa Tuungafasi moves to the run on reserves.
In the backs, Aaron Smith returns to the starting halfback spot with TJ Perenara on the bench, while Jack Goodhue has been named at centre for his sixth Test, with Ryan Crotty to provide impact off the bench in the 23 jersey.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Test matches between the All Blacks and Springboks are always intense and dramatic contests, and we expect this weekend will be no different.”
He added that the fact that the All Blacks had won the Rugby Championship last weekend had no bearing on this weekend.
WATCH 🎥 With four changes made to the starting line up, #AllBlacks head coach Steve Hansen discusses the team named to take on South Africa in Pretoria this weekend.— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 4, 2018
FULL TEAM ➡️ https://t.co/yRKjtVFpEG#RSAvNZL pic.twitter.com/VlBQCpbSrs
“Nothing changes for us. It’s a Test match that everyone in New Zealand expects us to win. The fact that it’s an All Blacks-Springboks Test match makes it even more exciting and it’s one that we’re really looking forward to.
“South Africa are playing with a lot of confidence and after their two recent wins, their confidence levels will be even higher. So we’ll need to respond with real purpose, composure, belief and intensity.
“While our preparation this week has had to be slightly modified because of our travel, it has still been thorough, which should put us in good stead for Saturday.”
All Blacks team named for Pretoria Test against South Africa
The matchday 23 is as follows (with Test caps in brackets):
The Rugby Championship – All Blacks games
The All Blacks claimed their sixth Rugby Championship from seven attempts with a comfortable 35-17 victory over the Pumas in Buenos Aires, while in Port Elizabeth the Springboks withstood an at-times-spirited comeback from the Wallabies 23-12 to claim back-to-back victories after their historic triumph over New Zealand in Wellington last time out.
Here is our Team of the Round, which is not surprisingly dominated by the All Blacks (six selections) with five Springboks, three Wallabies and one Puma, full-back Emiliano Boffelli.
1. Karl Tuinukuafe (NZ)
Another impressive performance from the loose-head prop in his first season of Test rugby. Decimated the Pumas front row at scrum time and made 14 tackles without a single miss.
2. Codie Taylor (NZ)
Usually known for his play in the loose the Crusaders rake displayed an impressive array to his set-piece play with 12 tackles and just one miss. Seven accurate lineout throws and four runs for 21 metres.
3. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (NZ)
Rock solid at scrum time the Blues tight-head continues to push for a regular starting spot. A busy all-round game with two runs for 8m, as well as eight tackles with two missed.
4. Eben Etzebeth (SA)
A dominant performance from one of the top second rowers in world rugby. Seven runs for 24m, nine tackles with none missed and a tower of strength at the lineout with 10 clean takes.
Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield, Rassie Erasmus and Eben Etzebeth at the team training session at Loftus, Pretoria. pic.twitter.com/w9LgFjOyMx— South African Rugby (@Springboks) October 1, 2018
5. Adam Coleman (AUS)
One of the Rebels’ captain’s better Tests recently. Used sparingly at the lineout with just two takes but a big game in the loose – nine runs for 38m, one offload and two tackle busts. Also made seven tackles.
6. Siya Kolisi (SA)
Another standout performance from the Bok captain. Made a game high 74m from six runs, including two clean breaks. Also put in a huge shift in defence with 12 tackles and only one miss.
7. Michael Hooper (AUS)
The Wallabies captain was outstanding in a beaten team. Lethal with ball in hand making a game high 110m from 13 runs, with one offload and two tackle busts. Five lineout wins and nine tackles.
8. Ardie Savea (NZ)
A late inclusion for the ill Luke Whitelock, the Hurricanes No8 had one of his best matches in a black jersey. 13 tackles with just two misses and 88m from nine runs, with six tackle busts and four lineout wins.
9. Will Genia (AUS)
The Wallabies best again in a losing cause. Spotted the attacking opportunities superbly to set up both of his team’s tries – 84 passes, 10 runs for 55m, one clean break, two defenders beaten and two offloads.
10. Handre Pollard (SA) – PLAYER OF THE ROUND
A close call with Nicolas Sanchez, but was the difference between the two teams in Port Elizabeth. A great run to set up Faf de Klerk’s try, five from five with the boot, five runs for 44m and four tackle busts.
11. Rieko Ioane (NZ)
Currently the best finisher in world rugby. A round high 146 attacking metres from nine runs, including two first-half tries, one offload, five tackle busts, two line breaks and one line break assist.
12. Andre Esterhuizen (SA)
A big game in defence from the giant Sharks inside centre, with an equal second high 13 tackles and just two misses, also a handful for the defence with six runs for 28m and three tackle busts
13. Ryan Crotty (NZ)
Moved a spot further out to accommodate Sonny Bill Williams and put in a good all-round game, making 49 run metres from four runs with one line break and one line break assist, also five tackles.
14. Aphiwe Dyantyi (SA)
His sharp intercept in the opening 30 seconds set the tone for the rest of the game. Always dangerous with ball in hand making six runs for 41 metres with two line breaks. Also made seven tackles with just the one miss.
15. Emiliano Boffelli (ARG)
Tried hard in a losing side with very limited opportunities. Made 14 runs for 61 metres with one clean break, two defenders beaten and one offload. Took his try well which briefly put the Pumas back in the game.