ACL blow hits Harris, Coles called

Date published: August 19 2016

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New Zealand have been hit by a late injury blow after hooker Nathan Harris was ruled out of the game against Australia with a knee injury.

Harris, who was set to start the fixture in Sydney on Saturday, ruptured his ACL tendon and has been replaced by Codie Taylor in the side.

Regular starter Dane Coles has been recalled to the matchday squad after originally being given a weekend off and will start on their bench.

New Zealand (revised): 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Kane Hames, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Liam Squire, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Julian Savea

Date: Saturday, August 20
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 20:05 local (10:05 GMT)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Romain Poite (France), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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