HALLAM Amos will be wearing 14 on his back for the first time in three years but the Dragons speedster is confident that he won't be winging it for Wales against the world champions.

The 23-year-old starts on the right flank rather than his preferred left against New Zealand at Principality Stadium tonight (kick-off 5.15pm).

Amos, a try scorer against Australia and Georgia, deputises for Liam Williams, the Scarlets duo of Steff Evans and Leigh Halfpenny for the clash against a star-studded All Blacks back line.

The last time that he started a game on the right was against the Ospreys at Rodney Parade in September, 2014 when he joined forces with former Wales internationals Lee Byrne and Aled Brew in the back field.

Youth drew the short straw on that occasion but it's Amos' relative experience on the Test scene that see Evans keep the 11 jersey – the Dragons man having 13 caps to the west Walian's 3.

"We've both played most of our rugby on the left but 'Gats' has spoken about me having played a few more games at this level," said the Dragon, who made his international bow against Tonga in the autumn of 2014.

"That's pushed me to the right but I am happy wherever and in the modern game there is a lot of inter-changing between the back three. I am sure I will also end up at full-back and on the left.

"I've played on the right before when Aled Brew was at the Dragons, he's a leftie as well so when I was a young pup I moved across and enjoyed it."

When interviewed before the All Blacks named their side, Amos said they would "do their homework and be ready for whatever they bring".

Those preparations changed a little when Steve Hansen announced Rieko Ioane, nominated for World Rugby's breakthrough and player of the year awards, had made a miracle recovery from a shoulder injury in Scotland.

Amos will have his hands full against the left winger but the tourists have been dealt a huge blow with the loss of talisman number eight Kieran Read, who joins fellow influential forwards Dane Coles, Joe Moody and Brodie Retallick on the sidelines.

The Dragons man gives short shrift to the idea that the All Blacks are vulnerable, pointing to their depth.

"You saw in the summer that the Lions were challenged by every Super Rugby side," he said.

"New Zealand are incredible in that they have some players that would get into international sides who would be in their fifth side.

"They are very strong and regardless of any players they are missing they will still be right up there and they are world champions for a reason.

"New Zealand have players across the park that have the X-factor and will bring things that we have to be wary of. We've been working hard on our defence to counteract that.

"The atmosphere just lifts in All Blacks week, they are the best side in the world and our preparation has reflected that.

"In an international camp everyone is always on the top of their game but with the All Blacks, because of the reputation they have got and the quality of their players, it has to raise and the boys have definitely upped it."

Wales: L Halfpenny; H Amos, S Williams, O Williams, S Evans; D Biggar, R Webb; R Evans, K Owens, T Francis, J Ball, A W Jones (captain), A Shingler, J Navidi, T Faletau.

Replacements: K Dacey, W Jones, L Brown, C Hill, J Tipruic, G Davies, R Priestland, J Roberts.

New Zealand: D McKenzie; W Naholo, R Crotty, S B Williams, R Ioane; B Barrett, A Smith; K Hames, C Taylor, N Laulala, P Tuipulotu, S Whitelock (captain), L Squire, S Cane, L Whitelock.

Replacements: N Harris, W Crockett, O Tu'ungafasi, S Barrett, M Todd, TJ Perenara, L Sopoaga, A Lienert-Brown.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)