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Smith injury fails to clear in time

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Conrad Smith’s hamstring injury has not cleared sufficiently for the Wellington centre to take his place in the All Blacks centre against Canada on Saturday.

As a result, Luke McAlister steps up to fill the number 13 shirt, while Rico Gear is called in to take a spot on the bench.

New Zealand – revised: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Luke McAlister, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Byron Kelleher, 8 Jerry Collins, 7 Chris Masoe, 6 Reuben Thorne (c), 5 Ross Filipo, 4 Troy Flavell, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Carl Hayman, 18 Rodney So’oialo, 19 Richie McCaw, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Rico Gear, 22 Leon MacDonald.

Date: Saturday, 16 June
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT)
Referee: Christophe Berdos (France)
Touch judges: Craig Joubert (South Africa), George Ayoub (Australia)
Television match official: Paul Marks (Australia)
Assessor: Bob Francis (New Zealand)

 

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