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One change for All Blacks ahead of Ireland test

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has only featured one change in his side that will play Ireland in Dublin, on Saturday.
Ryan Crotty comes in for Sonny Bill Williams who sustained a shoulder injury in their 16-15 win over England. Chiefs centre, Anton Lienert-Brown coming into the run on bench in the 23 jersey.
As preparations intensify for this weekend’s clash against the Irishmen, Hansen considered the test to be a great challenge and there’s a real excitement that’s building as they get closer to Saturday.
“For us, we’ll need to be strong at set piece, both on our ball and theirs, and be prepared to work hard with or without the ball. When the momentum comes our way, we’ll need to take the opportunities that will come, as the team that makes the most of their opportunities will win the game,” he said.
On behalf of the All Blacks, Hansen also congratulated Aaron Smith, Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick for their achievements. Aaron Smith will play his 82nd Test match and become the most capped All Blacks halfback in history, overtaking Justin Marshall, while Brodie Retallick and Samuel Whitelock will set a new record for an All Blacks starting lock partnership, starting in their 50th Test together.
New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Matt Todd, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

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