All Blacks Team For The Rugby Championship Round 2

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The All Blacks squad has been named for their Rugby Championship return match against the Wallabies at Eden Park.  The main talking point is who will replace the injured duo of Ma’a Nonu and Jerome Kaino.  As expected, Liam Messam wears the Number Six jersey, while Ryan Crotty who came off the bench to replace Nonu in the drawn test in Sydney gets a rare All Blacks start, and joins the returning Conrad Smith in the midfield with Malakai Fekitoa moving to the bench.  There are no other changes to the All Blacks squad despite a mixed performance against the Wallabies last week.  Charlie Faumuina replaces Joe Moody on the bench.

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What do you think of this All Blacks squad to play the Wallabies at Eden Park? 

They will be looking for an improved performance which will help them to retain the Bledisloe Cup and their Rugby Championship title.

The All Blacks Starting XV to face the Wallabies…

1. Wyatt Crockett (28)
2. Dane Coles (19)
3. Owen Franks (58)
4. Brodie Retallick (28)
5. Samuel Whitelock (55)
6. Liam Messam (32)
7. Richie McCaw – captain (128)
8. Kieran Read (63)
9. Aaron Smith (30)
10. Aaron Cruden (33)
11. Julian Savea (23)
12. Ryan Crotty (7)
13. Conrad Smith (78)
14. Cory Jane (49)
15. Ben Smith (30)

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Reserves:
16. Keven Mealamu (114)
17. Ben Franks (32)
18. Charlie Faumuina (20)
19. Steven Luatua (12)
20. Sam Cane (15)
21. TJ Perenara (4)
22. Beauden Barrett (20)
23. Malakai Fekitoa (3)

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