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Savea returns for All Blacks to face England

Julian Savea in action against England at Twickenham

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Article Published: Thursday 12 June 2014|

The All Blacks have named their team to play England in the second Test with Julian Savea returning from injury to start on the wing.

Savea's missed the first test in Auckland because of a knee injury but is considered fit to return on the left wing.

His return forces Ben Smith to fullback in place of Israel Dagg which are the only changes to the All Black side that beat England 20-15 in the first Test.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has rested Dagg as he has knee and thigh injuries.

No. 8 Keiran Read, who has been battling concussion, has again been omitted as he works to regain aerobic fitness, and Jerome Kaino will start again in that role in his 50th test.

"We are expecting another big contest this weekend and with England sure to make improvements in their game, we will have to improve massively ourselves, " said All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen

"We have worked hard on our skillsets, attitude and the detail in our game, which wasn't up to All Blacks standard last week.

"Our mindset this week has been all about improvement, taking ownership and responsibility for our individual roles with the aim of delivering a team performance we can all be proud of.

"We have a strong belief in what we are trying to do and I assume the English do as well. So come 7.35 on Saturday night, it's game on once again. That's what Test rugby is all about and that's why we can't wait for Saturday night to arrive."

New Zealand

Ben Smith; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Victor Vito, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Malakai Fekitoa.

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