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All Blacks make three changes for Wallabies

Ryan Crotty during a New Zealand All Blacks training session

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Article Published: Thursday 21 August 2014|

New Zealand Rugby head coach Steve Hansen has named his All Black team to play the Wallabies with three changes to the side that played last week.

Test regulars Ma'a Nonu and Jerome Kaino have both failed to regain fitness for this week and have been replaced by Ryan Crotty and Liam Messam respectably.

Crusaders midfielder Ryan Crotty comes in at 12 for the injured Ma'a Nonu to make his first All Black start after eight tests off the bench.

Crotty will partner Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith who missed last week to be with his expectant wife.

Loose forward Liam Messam comes in at six and replaces Jerome Kaino while prop Charlie Faumuina is back from illness and has been named on the replacements bench.

Winger Cory Jane retains his place in the starting line up and will play his 50th test for the All Blacks.

Coach Steve Hansen said that Nonu had suffered deep shoulder bruising but is expected to be available for selection for the Test against Argentina in Napier in two weeks.

Hansen said that Kaino has an injured elbow, which is expected to keep him out of rugby for four to six weeks.

"While we were disappointed with the draw last weekend, we are excited by the opportunity that presents itself this weekend," said Hansen.

"It's another Test match against Australia, the chance to win the Bledisloe Cup and the first home Test of the Rugby Championship in front of our home fans.

"We have been working hard on all aspects of our game this week and there's a definite resolve to improve the quality of our performance on Saturday."

New Zealand

1. Wyatt Crockett , 2. Dane Coles , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Brodie Retallick , 5. Samuel Whitelock , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Richie McCaw (c), 8. Kieran Read , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Aaron Cruden , 11. Julian Savea , 12. Ryan Crotty , 13. Conrad Smith , 14. Cory Jane, 15. Ben Smith

Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu , 17. Ben Franks , 18. Charlie Faumuina , 19. Steven Luatua , 20. Sam Cane , 21. TJ Perenara , 22. Beauden Barrett, 23. Malakai Fekitoa

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