New Zealand team to play Ireland in 3rd Test

Ben Smith, Hosea Gear, Liam Messam, Sam Cane and Aaron Cruden all come into the starting lineup for the All Blacks, with Luke Romano making his debut in the second row. Captain Richie McCaw moves to number 8. Beauden Barritt is set to make his debut off the bench.

New Zealand:

15. Israel Dagg, 14. Ben Smith, 13. Conrad Smith, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Aaron Cruden, 9. Aaron Smith; 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Andrew Hore, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Liam Messam, 7. Sam Cane, 8. Richie McCaw (c)


16. Keven Mealamu, 17. Ben Franks, 18. Brodie Retallick, 19. Adam Thomson, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Beauden Barrett, 22. Tamati Ellison

7 thoughts on “New Zealand team to play Ireland in 3rd Test

  1. This is Ireland’s chance.

    Although i think these wings are heaps better than Savea and Guilford.

    1. If Ireland win, it will be “A weakened All blacks suffer historic defeat to Ireland”
      If NZ win, it will be “All Blacks win..”
      I couldn’t care less if Ireland get a win. They deserve it after their performance last
      week. There was nothing wrong with that NZ team – just the ref. If it was the English, it would be that all the AB’s played outstandingly but England were just as good. Always the double standards. Hope Ireland are at least competitive and a win would be great but

      New Zealand can still beat any team in the world with that starting XV.
      On their day of course……

  2. Agree with Matt about the wings and look out for Hosea Gear to take his opportunity. What’s with the three Smiths in the backline … is Hansen trying to confuse the Irish?

  3. All blacks are f**ked………….. Paddy Wallace has arrived from his holiday in Portugal. Nothing worse that a sunburnt Paddy!

  4. I hope we finally see a heir apparent for richie McGraw in Sam cane nz has been quietly waiting for yrs for a openside to come Along with a bang like McGraw did when he first came on for his first cap also Bauden Barrett for Dan carter nz has alway produced someone special to take over in either position

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