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All Blacks make three changes for Wallabies


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New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has named an All Black team with three changes to play Australia’s Wallabies in the Bledisloe Cup decider against Australia at Eden Park.

Ma’a Nonu returns to the starting line up replacing Sonny Bill Williams while in the forwards lock Samuel Whitelock comes in off the bench for Luke Romano.

Also in the forward pack Victor Vito comes in for Jerome Kaino, who moves to the bench.

Joining Kaino in a slightly rejigged reserves bench is hooker Keven Mealamu and prop Wyatt Crockett, in for Codie Taylor and Ben Franks respectively, while Colin Slade comes in for Beauden Barrett in the only back reserves change. The All Blacks side will again be captained by All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, who will break the world record for most Test matches this weekend in his 142nd Test.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “This game is one of the best challenges we could have. We pride ourselves on our performance and last week’s wasn’t good enough, so we have been working hard at all areas of our game. We know we have to be smarter, more accurate and bring more intensity right across the park.

“It’s also our last Test match in New Zealand for the year, so it’s important that we deliver a performance that we can be proud of in front of our home fans. “

“Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and the All Blacks to publicly acknowledge Richie’s achievement in becoming the most capped Test player in the history of the game. His performances week in, week out in the black jersey have been nothing short of extraordinary. “

New Zealand

1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Dane Coles , 3. Owen Franks , 4. Brodie Retallick , 5. Samuel Whitelock , 6. Victor Vito , 7. Richie McCaw – captain , 8. Kieran Read , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Daniel Carter, 11. Julian Savea , 12. Ma’a Nonu, 13. Conrad Smith , 14. Nehe Milner-Skudder , 15. Ben Smith ,

Replacements: 16. Keven Mealamu , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Nepo Laulala , 19. Jerome Kaino, 20. Sam Cane , 21. TJ Perenara , 22. Colin Slade , 23. Malakai Fekitoa

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