New Zealand team to play the Lions in 1st Test

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Steve Hansen has named the All Blacks team to take on the Lions in the first Test on Saturday.

The matchday 23 for the first Test is (with Test caps in brackets):

1. Joe Moody (25)
2. Codie Taylor (16)
3. Owen Franks (91)
4. Brodie Retallick (61)
5. Samuel Whitelock (85)
6. Jerome Kaino (78)
7. Sam Cane (41)
8. Kieran Read (97) – Captain
9. Aaron Smith (59)
10. Beauden Barrett (50)
11. Rieko Ioane (2)
12. Sonny Bill Williams (34)
13. Ryan Crotty (26)
14. Israel Dagg (62)
15. Ben Smith (61)

16. Nathan Harris (5)
17. Wyatt Crockett (59)
18. Charlie Faumuina (47)
19. Scott Barrett (5)
20. Ardie Savea (13)
21. TJ Perenara (30)
22. Aaron Cruden (47) / Lima Sopoaga (7)
23. Anton Lienert-Brown (10)

What do you make of this lineup?

4 thoughts on “New Zealand team to play the Lions in 1st Test

  1. Surprised, quite pleased, at the absence of Savea and Naholo. Not that their replacements aren’t brilliant.

    A bit odd that a possibly not fully fit Crotty’s been picked over Lienert-Brown. Again, pleased.

  2. This team is beatable but the Lions will need to put in their best performance of the tour so far to do it.
    The areas where we might be able to gain some advantage are set piece, carrying ability in backrow and press defence in the backs
    However if Barrett has a blinder and manages to find holes in the press defence it could all fall to pieces very quickly

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