Aaron Smith excited by prospects in the loose

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Lynn McConnell     20 Jun 2014     Getty Images

Read is to make his first appearance of the international season after being kept out of earlier games in the series as a consequence of concussion suffered during the Super Rugby season while Kaino has replaced Liam Messam on the blindside of the scrum.

Smith said: "I wouldn't say I am too gutted about the swap [at No.8] but I'm very happy that I've got both out there now. It's exciting and those two are pretty special players and the you've got Richie [McCaw] as well."

The side had produced some good periods during the first two Tests but had dropped their standards at other times. But the second Test had been an improvement and while he felt targeted by England with his box-kicking, it was hard for him, but he accepted that was Test rugby and it was never exactly how you wanted it to be.

"I'm happy with how I'm going and I'm pretty excited about getting out there and putting a performance out there that I am proud of," he said.

New Zealand wanted to make a clean sweep of the series, but to achieve that they had to do a lot of things right.

"It doesn't mean it is just going to happen," he said. "There're a lot of things that have to go right for us. We want 3-0 but it doesn't just mean we have to rock up and it is going to happen. The drive is there within us to put out a performance we are proud of."

Highlanders team-mate Aaron Smith is looking forward to seeing how much the superior support the All Blacks can give Fekitoa will help him on attack.

In Super Rugby he had demonstrated his potential, and while a quiet man off the field, he roared into action on it by deed rather than voice.