New Zealand name team to face Australia

nzSteve Hansen has handed Richie McCaw the reigns as captain once again, despite the veteran flanker having sat out the majority of the Super Rugby season.

Aaron Cruden replaces the injured Dan Carter and partners Aaron Smith at half-back, while Tony Woodcock and Andrew Hore get the nod ahead of Wyatt Crockett and Kevin Mealamu respectively. The only uncapped member of the squad is centre Ryan Crotty, who takes the number 23 shirt.

New Zealand team to play Australia, Sat 17th Aug KO 20.05 (local time)
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, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Ryan Crotty.

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