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Savea starts but Read still out

11th June 2014 21:18

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Julian Savea All Blacks training 2013

Fit again: Julian Savea

Julian Savea returns to the New Zealand lineup for Saturday's second clash with England, but Kieran Read is still sidelined.

With Savea back to full fitness, Ben Smith shifts from the wing to full-back to accommodate the Hurricanes powerhouse; Israel Dagg is out through injury.

Second-row Patrick Tuipulotu is also in line to make his debut for the Kiwis from the bench.

The rest of the team remains unchanged as the All Blacks look to bounce back from a sloppy first Test performance at Eden Park, with a late Conrad Smith try securing a 20-15 victory over a weakened England.

"We are expecting another big contest this weekend and with England sure to make improvements in their game, we will have to improve massively ourselves," said boss Steve Hansen.

"We have worked hard on our skillsets, attitude and the detail in our game, which wasn't up to All Blacks standard last week.

"Our mindset this week has been all about improvement, taking ownership and responsibility for our individual roles with the aim of delivering a team performance we can all be proud of.

"We have a strong belief in what we are trying to do and I assume the English do as well. So come 7.35 on Saturday night, it's game on once again. That's what Test rugby is all about and that's why we can't wait for Saturday night to arrive."

New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Victor Vito, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa

Date: Saturday 14th June
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Kick-off: 1935 local, 0835 BST
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SA)
Assistant referee: Nigel Owens (Wales), Jérôme Garcès (France)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)

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