20th September 10:09 AM
Senior All Blacks players return to starting lineup against France
By Semi Turaga
Friday 10/11/2017
Captain Kieran Read at a training session with the All Blacks

A number of the All Black senior players have returned to the starting lineup for Sunday morning's Test against France in Paris.

The matchday 23 includes 11 players from the side that beat the Barbarians in London last weekend.

Captain Kieran Read, hooker Dane Coles, lock Sam Whitelock, halfback Aaron Smith and midfielders Sonny Bill Williams and Ryan Crotty return to bolster the lineup.

With a lack of fit loosies Vaea Fifita has been named at blindside, while Rieko Ioane is over sickness and has been named on the left wing and Damian McKenzie is at fullback.

For 6 of the squad, this will be their first game against France.

Wyatt Crockett and Matt Todd also return to the matchday 23 providing loosehead prop and loose forward cover respectively from the bench.

The All Blacks will meet France 9am Sunday.


Source : Radio NZ

The matchday 23 is as follows (with Test caps in brackets):


1. Kane Hames (6)

2. Dane Coles (55)

3. Nepo Laulala (10)

4. Luke Romano (29)

5. Samuel Whitelock (93)

6. Vaea Fifita (3)

7. Sam Cane (50)

8. Kieran Read ‑ captain (107)


9. Aaron Smith (68)

10. Beauden Barrett (59)

11. Rieko Ioane (10)

12. Sonny Bill Williams (43)

13. Ryan Crotty (32)

14. Waisake Naholo (15)

15. Damian McKenzie (9)

16. Codie Taylor (26)

17. Wyatt Crockett (68)

18. Ofa Tu'ungafasi (11)

19. Scott Barrett (14)

20. Matt Todd (10)

21. TJ Perenara (39)

22. Lima Sopoaga (13)

23. Anton Lienert‑Brown (19)

Source: Radio NZ

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