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Steve Hansen Makes Massive Call As He Names All Blacks Side For Final Test

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 01: Steve Hansen the head coach of the All Blacks looks on during the International Test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Westpac Stadium on July 1, 2017 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has named his side for the final Test of the Lions series in Eden Park. With the sides locked at 1-1, this is undoubtedly the biggest game New Zealand have played since the 2015 World Cup final.

The World Cup champions suffered defeat last Saturday in Wellington after Sonny Bill Williams was red-carded for a dangerous challenge on Anthony Watson. New Zealand must now plan without their centre, who was slapped with a four-week ban.

In the most notable switch, Jordie Barrett comes in for his first ever start for the All Blacks at full-back, pushing Israel Dagg back to the wing.

Ngani Laumape comes in as a replacement for Williams at inside centre and Malakai Fekitoa gets the 23 shirt. Julian Savea returns to the left-wing.

 

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Author: The PA Team

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