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Retalick returns for All Blacks against Australia

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All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has named his team to play Australia in the Bledisloe Cup clash in Brisbane with Brodie Retalick returning to the starting line up.

Retalick returns to the starting team and will win his 100th game of first-class rugby after recovering from an injury that kept him out of the match against South Africa.

The starting XV also eatures two changes from the front row which started the Test against South Africa 12 days ago, with Dane Coles starting at hooker and prop Wyatt Crockett coming back from injury at loosehead prop.

Lock Brodie Retallick also returns from injury to the second row and Liam Messam is at blindside flanker.

The backline features just one change, with Cory Jane coming in for the rested Ben Smith on the right wing.

On the replacements bench, Patrick Tuipulotu has been named at reserve lock, Sam Cane comes in as loose forward cover, TJ Perenara is reserve halfback and Charles Piutau comes in to cover the outside backs.

Speaking about his selections All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said,”There is a real sense of determination in the team this week to prepare well and put in a quality performance on the weekend.”

“There were some aspects of our game in the loss to South Africa that we weren’t happy with and we have worked hard on addressing those this week. “

“There is always an expectation that when you pull on the All Blacks jersey, that individually and collectively as a team, you will play well and this week is no different.”

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. Beauden Barrett , 11. Julian Savea , 12. Malakai Fekitoa , 13. Conrad Smith , 14. Cory Jane , 15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu , 17. Ben Franks , 18. Charlie Faumuina , 19. Patrick Tuipulotu , 20. Sam Cane , 21. TJ Perenara , 22. Colin Slade , 23. Charles Piutau

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