Six Blues players in All Blacks team v England

Six Blues players in All Blacks team v England

Six Blues players have been named in the All Blacks team to play England in the third and final Test of the Steinlager Series in Hamilton on Saturday.
Jerome Kaino moves to blindside flanker to accommodate the return of Kieran Read, joining fellow Blues players Tony Woodcock and Ma’a Nonu in the starting XV.
Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina and Patrick Tuipulotu are all named on the bench.
The main feature of the team is Malakai Fekitoa getting his first Test start, replacing the injured Conrad Smith at centre.
The team is (with caps in brackets):
Starting XV:
1. Tony Woodcock (109)
2. Dane Coles (17)
3. Owen Franks (56)
4. Brodie Retallick (26)
5. Samuel Whitelock (53)
6. Jerome Kaino (50)
7. Richie McCaw – captain (126)
8. Kieran Read (61)
9. Aaron Smith (28)
10. Aaron Cruden (31)
11. Julian Savea (21)
12. Ma’a Nonu (90)
13. Malakai Fekitoa (1)
14. Cory Jane (47)
15. Ben Smith (28)
Reserves:
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16. Keven Mealamu (112)
17. Wyatt Crockett (26)
18. Charlie Faumuina (19)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (1)
20. Liam Messam (31)
21. TJ Perenara (2)
22. Beauden Barrett (18)
23. Ryan Crotty (5)
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said while the Steinlager Series and the Hillary Shield had been won with New Zealand’s 27-28 second Test victory last weekend, as always, the All Blacks still had huge motivation to improve the quality of their performance.
“Whilst we felt we improved from the first Test to the second, there are areas of our game we want to improve on and that has been the focus for us this week.
“We enjoy playing in Hamilton and in front of a sold-out Waikato Stadium we are looking forward to producing a quality performance that we can all be proud of