All Blacks team for second Test against Wales named

10:44:00, Thu 16 Jun 2016 New Zealand Rugby


The All Blacks side to play the second Test of the Steinlager Series against Wales at a sold-out Westpac Stadium, Wellington, this Saturday 18 June, has been named.

The team is (with Test caps in brackets):

1. Joe Moody (12)
2.  Dane Coles (37)
3.  Owen Franks (79)
4.  Brodie Retallick (48)
5.  Samuel Whitelock (73)
6.  Jerome Kaino (68)
7.  Sam Cane (32)
8.  Kieran Read - captain (85)
9.  Aaron Smith (48)
10.  Aaron Cruden (38)
11.  Waisake Naholo (4)
12.  Ryan Crotty (16)
13.  Malakai Fekitoa (14)
14.  Ben Smith (49)
15.  Israel Dagg (49)

16.  Nathan Harris (3)
17.  Wyatt Crockett (46)
18.  Charlie Faumuina (34)
19.  Patrick Tuipulotu (8)
20.  Ardie Savea (1)
21.  TJ Perenara (18)
22.  Beauden Barrett (37) 
23.  Seta Tamanivalu (1)

The All Blacks matchday 23 features just two changes from the team that played last weekend's opening Test match:  73-Test lock Samuel Whitelock returns to the side, replacing Luke Romano, while Israel Dagg has been named at fullback for what will be his 50th Test match, with Ben Smith, who is also playing his 50th Test, moving to the wing, replacing Julian Savea.  The bench is unchanged.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: "Our performance in the first Test was very pleasing in a number of ways, especially how we kept our composure under pressure. However, there is an expectation that we will need to improve right across the board, with better accuracy, in both our attack and defence, combined with more physicality and intensity.

"We are expecting Wales to come out all guns blazing, particularly after what happened in the Chiefs game, so we will have to not only meet that response, but go to a higher level ourselves.

"Also, on behalf of the team, we would like to congratulate Bender (Ben Smith) and Izzy (Israel Dagg) on reaching their 50th Tests.  It's a special achievement to play one Test, so to get 50 is a wonderful milestone."