In a tie that has been anticipated for quite a while now, Steven Hansen of the All Blacks has rolled the first dice as he put out the All Blacks team to face England earlier on.

 

Forget last week’s second stringers that belted Japan, the big guns return this week, an otherwise normal order of service in the team apart from Joe Moody whose bad luck with injury continues as he got hurt during a lineout in training that required 3 stitches to his eyelid – this rules him out for yet another 6 weeks.

 

In his place, the impressive Karl Tu’inukuafe will start hoping to bring his best against a second string English front row. Codie Taylor’s outstanding form in the absence of Dane Coles keeps the latter on the bench whereas Ardie Savea will fill in for the injured Sam Cane at openside flank.

 

Beauden Barrett and Owen Farrell will meet again in the battle of who is the better #10 while the midfield combines the offload guru Sonny Bill Williams with Crusaders’ “Mr. Reliable” Jack Goodhue.

 

The back three takes a new shape with Ben Smith moving to #14, making way for Damian McKenzie at fullback – Rieko Ioane continues to wear the number 11 shirt.

 

All Blacks team

  1. Karl Tu’unikuafe
  2. Codie Taylor
  3. Owen Franks
  4. Sam Whitelock
  5. Brodie Retallick
  6. Liam Squire
  7. Ardie Savea
  8. Kieran Read – cpt
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Beauden Barrett
  11. Rieko Ioane
  12. Sonny Bill Williams
  13. Jack Goodhue
  14. Ben Smith
  15. Damian McKenzie
  16. Dane Coles
  17. Ofa Tuungafasi
  18. Nepo Lualala
  19. Scott Barrett
  20. Matt Todd
  21. TJ Perenara
  22. Richie Mo’unga
  23. Ryan Crotty

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