Steve Hansen has named his New Zealand team to take on England this Saturday. He has largely kept the faith with the players who won in France last weekend, the sole change seeing wing Julian Savea replacing Cory Jane, who drops out of the squad all together.
Dan Carter is named at fly-half and will win his 100th test cap, while Sam Whitelock is in line to win his 50th. On the bench there is one change, with lock Luke Romano coming in for flanker Sam Cane.
“This is a Test match we are very much looking forward to,” said Hansen. “We were completely outplayed by them last year but this is an opportunity for us to see if we have improved our game to the point where we can be competitive.
“The players are excited because this is what Test rugby is all about. We are expecting a really physical game with huge intensity, but also a game that will have high levels of energy, pace and skills. We know the England coaching staff have done a lot of homework so this may be a game where we add a few new things they haven’t seen before.”
New Zealand team to play England:
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Charles Piutau, 13 Ben Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Steven Luatua, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ryan Crotty.