All Blacks team for second Steinlager Series Test

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The team is (with Test caps in brackets):

Starting XV

1. Joe Moody (12)
2. Dane Coles (37)
3. Owen Franks (79)
4. Brodie Retallick (48)
5. Sam Whitelock (73)
6. Jerome Kaino (68)
7. Sam Cane (32)
8. Kieran Read – captain (85)
9. Aaron Smith (48)
10. Aaron Cruden (38)
11. Waisake Naholo(4)
12. Ryan Crotty (16)
13. Malakai Fekitoa (14)
14. Ben Smith (49)
15. Israel Dagg (49)


16. Nathan Harris (3)
17. Wyatt Crockett (46)
18. Charlie Faumuina (34)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (8)
20. Ardie Savea (1)
21. TJ Perenara (17)
22. Beauden Barrett (36)
23. Seta Tamanivalu (1)

The All Blacks matchday 23 features just two changes from the team that played last weekend’s opening Test match: 73-Test lock Samuel Whitelock returns to the side, replacing Luke Romano, while Israel Dagg has been named at fullback for what will be his 50th Test match, with Ben Smith, who is also playing his 50th Test, moving to the left wing, replacing Julian Savea. The bench is unchanged.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Our performance in the first Test was very pleasing in a number of ways, especially how we kept our composure under pressure. However, there is an expectation that we will need to improve right across the board, with better accuracy, in both our attack and defence, combined with more physicality and intensity.

“We are expecting Wales to come out all guns blazing, particularly after what happened in the Chiefs game, so we will have to not only meet that response, but go to a higher level ourselves.

“Also, on behalf of the team, we would like to congratulate Bender (Ben Smith) and Izzy (Israel Dagg) on reaching their 50th Tests. It’s a special achievement to play one Test, so to get 50 is a wonderful milestone.”

Key points of interest

• Aaron Cruden is the fourth All Black to kick more than 50 conversions in their Test match career – he now has 52. Next above him is Grant Fox with 118. Cruden is also fourth on the list of penalty goals, with 56 penalties.
• Cruden also needs just six points to make 300 in Test matches.
• Owen Franks will play his 80th Test match this weekend. He is the second most capped prop and 12th on the All Blacks all-time Test appearances list
• Waisake Naholo has scored three pairs of tries in his last four games after picking up doubles against the Chiefs and Crusaders in Investec Super Rugby.
• The Steinlager Series is an official sell-out. The last tickets to this weekend’s Test at Westpac Stadium went this week and 29,000 fans will pack Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin for the final Test of the Series.

Steinlager Series Tests against Wales

1. ALL BLACKS 39 WALES 21. Saturday 11 June, Eden Park, AUCKLAND
2. ALL BLACKS vs. WALES. Saturday 18 June, 7.35PM, Westpac Stadium, WELLINGTON
3. ALL BLACKS vs. WALES. Saturday 25 June, 7.35PM, Forsyth Barr Stadium, DUNEDIN