25th September 02:10 AM
Hansen has made no changes to his team for this week’s match against France
By Lena Reece
Thursday 14/06/2018
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made no changes to his team for this week’s match against France.

Hansen has rewarded the 23 that, eventually, beat France 52‑11 at Eden Park last Saturday, with selection for this week's second test at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

Hansen said, in a statement that as they have a big focus right now on developing their game and working on their skillsets, connections and combinations, it isn't beneficial to be making wholesale changes, if any at all, to the playing 23.

There are still star players to come back, such as captain Kieran Read and Dane Coles and Sonny Bill Williams.

On Saturday, the All Blacks play France in their second test in Wellington at 7.35pm, Japan take on Italy at 8pm, while Australia face Ireland at 10pm.

On Sunday, South Africa will face England at 3.05am, Argentina will play Wales at 7.40am, Canada will take on Russia at 8am while USA will face Scotland at 1pm.

NEW ZEALAND: Jordie Barrett, Ben Smith, Anton Lienert‑Brown, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Luke Whitelock, Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock (c), Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody. Reserves: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Damian McKenzie, Ngani Laumape.


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