Ireland coach Les Kiss has made seven changes to his team to face Canada with Munster's James Downey making his debut at 32.
Exiles coach Brian McClennan has chosen an all-Australia-born back division for Friday's international origin match against England.
An injury scare involving Euan Murray brought a late change of plan from Scotland's team management as they prepare to select their team to face South Africa on
Ireland captain Peter O'Mahony says his team will not take a backwards step against a physical Canadian team on Saturday.
Ireland's preparations for Saturday's meeting with Canada have been hit by a stomach bug which has struck down a small number of the squad.
Auckland's Eden Park holds a special place in the memory of All Blacks captain Kieran Read.
Former England coach Tony Smith has criticised in-form scrum-half Danny Brough for turning his back on the national side.
Scotland have dropped out of the top 10 in the latest world rankings issued by the Rugby League International Federation.
Four Warrington players have been named in the Exiles squad for next week's International Origin match against England.
Scotland coach Steve McCormack has confirmed that Danny Brough is in his World Cup plans, along with another one-time England candidate, Ian Henderson.
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