Late change from All Blacks

14th Jun 2013, 06:28

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Called in: Sam Whitelock

Called in: Sam Whitelock

The All Blacks have made a change to their starting XV that will tackle France on Saturday, as Sam Whitelock replaces Brodie Retallick.

The All Blacks have made an injury enforced change to their XV that will take on France on Saturday, as Sam Whitelock replaces Brodie Retallick.

Chiefs star Retallick sustained a hamstring injury in training and has failed to complete an intense fitness test on Thursday so has been left out.

The 22-year-old lock is expected to also miss the third Test against Les Bleus in New Plymouth.

New Zealand (revised): 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Tony Woodcock, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Rene Ranger.

Date: Saturday, June 15
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35 07.35 (GMT)
Weather: 16°C Cloudy but dry
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), tba (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray