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All Blacks Makes Five Changes To The Team To Play Ireland This Weekend

All Blacks Makes Five Changes To The Team To Play Ireland This Weekend
By PJ Browne

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has made five changes from the team which played Ireland in Chicago to the one which will line out in Dublin on Saturday.

A major weak point for New Zealand in defeat was their second row. That is major bolstered by the return of the influential Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock in place of Patrick Tuipulotu and Jerome Kaino.

There's is also a new centre partnership as Anton Lienert-Brown and Malakai Fekitoa replace Ryan Crotty and George Moala at 12 and 13, respectively.

The other change is on the wing with Isreal Dagg preferred over Waisake Naholo - who is among the replacements. The only other change from the matchday 23 in Chicago is Wyatt Crockett on the bench instead of Ofa Tu’ungafasi.

Here's the All Blacks team to play Ireland on Saturday.

1. Joe Moody (22) 2. Dane Coles (47) 3. Owen Franks (88) 4. Brodie Retallick (58) 5. Samuel Whitelock (82) 6. Liam Squire (7) 7. Sam Cane (39) 8. Kieran Read - captain (95) 9. Aaron Smith (56) 10. Beauden Barrett (47) 11. Julian Savea (50) 12. Anton Lienert-Brown (6) 13. Malakai Fekitoa (22) 14. Israel Dagg (59) 15. Ben Smith (59)

Replacements:

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16. Codie Taylor (13) 17. Wyatt Crockett (56) 18. Charlie Faumuina (44) 19. Scott Barrett (2) 20. Ardie Savea (10) 21. TJ Perenara (27) 22. Aaron Cruden (45) 23. Waisake Naholo (10)

The game kicks off at 5:30pm.

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