New Zealand team named for third test with England

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MalakaiFekitoa replaces the injured Conrad Smith for the All Blacks, setting up a titanic clash with Manu Tuilagi in midfield.

Kieran Read returns to Number 8, with Jerome Kaino moving to blindside flanker.

New Zealand team (with caps in brackets):
1. Tony Woodcock (109)
2. Dane Coles (17)
3. Owen Franks (56)
4. Brodie Retallick (26)
5. Samuel Whitelock (53)
6. Jerome Kaino (50)
7. Richie McCaw – captain (126)
8. Kieran Read (61)
9. Aaron Smith (28)
10. Aaron Cruden (31)
11. Julian Savea (21)
12. Ma’a Nonu (90)
13. Malakai Fekitoa (1)
14. Cory Jane (47)
15. Ben Smith (28)


16. Keven Mealamu (112)
17. Wyatt Crockett (26)
18. Charlie Faumuina (19)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu (1)
20. Liam Messam (31)
21. TJ Perenara (2)
22. Beauden Barrett (18)
23. Ryan Crotty (5)

8 thoughts on “New Zealand team named for third test with England

  1. Looks like a very strong side. What is the new kid like? I wonder whether they will miss Smith’s guile.

  2. Fekitoa has electric feet. If he can keep his nerve, and not break their defensive line, he’ll be far more dangerous an individual than Smith in attack. Probably doesn’t have Smiths guile though, and may be looking to take on too much himself and not look to distribute.

  3. Well reading the NZ Herald a few days ago, they seem to suggest that he is not dis-similar to Tuilagi.

    There was also a school of thought that he would not fit well with Nonu, and they were suggesting that Ryan Crotty would be a better like-for-like replacement for Conrad Smith.

    So, yes, the inference was that they would miss Smith’s guile.

    An interesting point from that article was that Nonu and SB Williams only started together 4 times, and they felt that it was quite underwhelming each time.

  4. Whilst he does seem to struggle a bit against Tuilagi, who on earth wouldn’t miss Smith’s guile? The man is the perfect outside centre

  5. From what little I’ve seen of s14 he seems to be a physical specimen – strong, fast, good feet, electric and reads the game well, but, but without the decision making of Smith. It’s not a like for like.

  6. And is there a reason Messam has been selected over Kaino over the past couple of years? I know he must be a good player – he’s been a fixture in the unbeaten season team, after all. but every time I’ve seen him he’s looked like Kaino, only less so.

    Small sample size, but is there anything he brings that Kaino doesn’t?

  7. Fekitoa isn’t like 4 like. They’re going to attack England more thru him, rather than look to distrib, org skills that Smith brings.

    McCaw needs a big game.

    If fully awake, Read should make a diff.

    Looking to see what Kaino can do @ his age with his physicality. Carried big in 1st test, helping to tee up the try.

    Patrick Tuipulotu needs to up his scrum work… if he gets on.

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