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All Blacks stick with winning formula


  • 13 Jun 2013

New Zealand have selected the same XV that beat France in Auckland for the second Test in Christchurch.

The home media were critical of the performance, deeming the 23-13 win unconvincing, but coach Steve Hansen has stuck with his charges, believing that they will find more synergy this Saturday.

There are, however, three changes to the bench, where hooker Andrew Hore and loosehead prop Tony Woodcock replace Keven Mealamu and Ben Afeaki respectively and scrumhalf Piri Weepu comes in for Tawera Kerr-Barlow.

All Blacks – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Tony Woodcock, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Rene Ranger.

Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

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