All Blacks coaches to make changes for final Test

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Assistant coach John Plumtree said it was a massive game for the side, and there would be changes to the team that lost to Ireland.

 

He said, "We're in a new country, it's been a new country each week, but we've started the week positively. There's been a real edge at training."

 

The review of their 20-29 loss to Ireland highlighted their failure to get the momentum they needed for their attack to function.

 

"If the drivers don't get momentum, then they'll look to the air. We're hoping that doesn't happen this week. We've got to get our game going forward.

 

"We're going back to some things we are good at that we went away from last week, and that's been our focus for the last couple of days," he said.

 

It was the job of the pack to get the ball and momentum, and if they could get across the gain line, then the backs could come into play.

 

"We've identified the areas we need to improve on and we've got to fix those parts up so we can get our game going because when we get our game going we know what a good side we are," he said.

 

"If we can do that we'll cause some big problems for them," he said.

 

 

"These boys are a very proud bunch and they love this jersey more than anything and when they feel that perhaps they've let it down it upsets them, and that will turn to hurt and anger. The best way to channel all that is to use it as fuel for the game that is coming. And that is France on Saturday."

 

Plumtree said when the All Blacks suffered a loss, the environment was not the greatest to be in for the first couple of days when everyone was down and grumpy about the result.

 

"By the time we get to Thursday and Friday, we'll be looking forward to it, not that we're not looking forward to it now, but the edge gets sharper by the time Saturday comes around.

 

France was a dangerous side, he said. Looking at their pack, they were big men, and when they got momentum through their off-loading game, they could play through the middle of the park and with their talented and fast backs, they could play out wide.

 

Against Australia earlier in the year, when they were not fielding their strongest side, Plumtree was impressed with how they used their off-loading game to build momentum. Their Six Nations play had been similar.

 

"We know they're dangerous and they have a couple of key drivers in their team that orchestrate all that," he said.

 

First five-eighths Beauden Barrett hasn't completed his concussion protocols or trained with the side. He will be in doubt for the weekend, he said.

 

Halfback Aaron Smith was in contention for selection, he said. He had trained well in his ten days with the side, so all four halfbacks, including Brad Weber, who broke his nose against Italy, were available.

 

"We've got a choice to make there. They've all got different strengths and weaknesses. That selection will be based around potentially around how we want to play and how the others are playing," he said.

 

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