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All Blacks Name Their Side For The Second Test Against The Lions

All Blacks Name Their Side For The Second Test Against The Lions
By Gavin Cooney
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The Lions are facing an unenviable task: having lost the first Test at Eden Park, they head to Wellington in a bid to keep the series alive. For all of the talk that the Lions will improve, it is inevitable that the All Blacks will, also.

Steve Hansen has today named his side for that second Test and has been forced into a couple of changes. Ryan Crotty in the Corner is out injured, having hobbled out of the first Test with a hamstring injury, he is replaced by Anton Lienert-Brown. Elsewhere, Ben Smith also misses out, and is replaced by Waisake Naholo. He plays on the wing, with Israel Dagg reverting to full-back.

Elsewhere, it is as you were, with Brodie Retallick, Kieran Read, Sam Cane, Aaron Smith, and Beauden Barrett among the stars of the first Test to retain their place.


Here is the All Blacks team to face the Lions.

All Blacks Team to Face the Lions 

1. Joe Moody (26)
2. Codie Taylor (17)
3. Owen Franks (92)
4. Brodie Retallick (62)
5. Samuel Whitelock (86)
6. Jerome Kaino (79)
7. Sam Cane (42)
8. Kieran Read (98) - Captain
9. Aaron Smith (60)
10. Beauden Barrett (51)
11. Rieko Ioane (3)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (35)
13. Anton Lienert-Brown (11)
14. Waisake Naholo (12)
15. Israel Dagg (63)

Meanwhile, here are the replacements, with Ngani Laumape called up to potentially make his debut off the bench, having starred for the Hurricanes in yesterday's 31-31 draw with the tourists.

16. Nathan Harris (6)
17. Wyatt Crockett (60)
18. Charlie Faumuina (48)
19. Scott Barrett (6)
20. Ardie Savea (14)
21. TJ Perenara (31)
22. Aaron Cruden (48)
23. Ngani Laumape *


See Also: Brian O'Driscoll Hammers Warren Gatland Over Lions Farce


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