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Barrett starts for All Blacks against Argentina

Beauden Barrett will make his first start for the All Blacks

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Article Published: Thursday 4 September 2014|

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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has named his All Black team to play Argentina's Pumas with three changes to the starting side that beat Australia.

Beauden Barrett gets his first start in the number 10 jersey and he replaces Aaron Cruden who is recovering from a chest muscle injury suffered in the Bledisloe Cup Test victory two weeks ago.

Cruden's injury means that Crusaders No.10 Colin Slade comes on to the replacements bench as cover for Barrett.

Elsewhere in the backline Ma'a Nonu has recovered from his shoulder bruising and is back at 12, while Israel Dagg is in the 15 jersey, with Ben Smith moving to the right wing.

"Aaron could have played but the selectors weren't prepared to take the risk of him re-injuring himself and being out for a long period," said All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen.

Regarding the selection of Dagg, Hansen added,"The selectors felt this was the right time to give Israel an opportunity. We also want to make it clear that his selection is not a reflection on Cory Jane's play, as we have been very happy with his performances."

Winger Corey Jane has been dropped from the match day squad.

There are also two changes to the bench - prop Joe Moody replaces Charlie Faumuina and lock Jeremy Thrush comes in for Steven Luatua.

Hansen said one of the changes was based on form and the other was tactical.

"We wanted a specialist lock for this encounter so Jeremy is the obvious choice with Dominic Bird and Patrick Tuipulotu still not ready to play. In the second change, the selectors have been unhappy with Charlie's form."

Looking forward to this weekend, Hansen said: "There is a lot of respect for this Argentinean team. Their last two performances against South Africa have been right up there and shows that they are capable of beating top opposition.

"The other challenge this week is on ourselves to repeat and improve on the performance against Australia. That is about every individual from the coaches to the players and management - being totally accountable for their roles within the team throughout the week and getting our preparation bone deep and genuine, both physically and mentally.

"I would also like to thank the people of the Hawke's Bay for their support and help throughout the week. It's been fantastic to be able to bring the team to a place we don't normally come to and we look forward to their support on Saturday."

New Zealand

Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kieran Reid, Richie McCaw (captain), Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Joe Moody, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Malakai Fekitoa.

 
 
 
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