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Try-scoring sensation Mannering has been called up to play at lock while Blair has been named on the bench for the opening game of the Gillette Tri-Nations series against the Kangaroos at Mt Smart Stadium.
Kiwis coach Brian McClennan has also named two new faces in the backline for the clash.
Manly hardman Steve Matai will link up with Sydney Roosters flyer Iosia Soliola in the centres, Tame Tupou and Manu Vatuvei start on the wing while Brent Webb will once again take his spot at fullback.
Nigel Vagana will again play in the influential standoff position alongside star halfback Stacey Jones.
Veterans David Kidwell and Tony Puletua will once again pair up second row.
The Kiwis side to play the Kangaroos is:
4. Steve Matai
5. Manu Vatuvei
9. Dene Halatau
10. Roy Asotasi
12. Tony Puletua
13. Simon Mannering
14. Jerome Ropati
16. Adam Blair
17. Frank Pritchard
Kick-off for Saturday night?s clash between the Kiwis and Kangaroos is at 8pm.