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New Zealand Name Team To Face Ireland In Chicago

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: Beauden Barrett of the All Blacks makes a line break during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Steve Hansen has named a strong New Zealand side to take on Ireland in Chicago on Saturday. The All Blacks are unbeaten in 2016, and are looking to finish the year on a high.

Jerome Kaino starts at lock, while George Moala comes in at midfield.

In two of the tighter calls, Aaron Smith and Sam Cane have gotten the nod ahead of Ardie Savea and TJ Perenara respectively.

Beauden Barrett leads the attack at 10.

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The two sides will meet twice this month. After they face off in Chicago, the World Cup champions will visit Dublin two weeks later to take on Joe Schmidt’s charges in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

New Zealand team to face Ireland:

1. Joe Moody
2. Dane Coles
3. Owen Franks
4. Patrick Tuipulotu
5. Jerome Kaino
6. Liam Squire
7. Sam Cane
8. Kieran Read – captain
9. Aaron Smith
10. Beauden Barrett
11. Julian Savea
12. Ryan Crotty
13. George Moala
14. Waisake Naholo
15. Ben Smith

16. Codie Taylor
17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi
18. Charlie Faumuina
19. Scott Barrett
20. Ardie Savea
21. TJ Perenara
22. Aaron Cruden
23. Malakai Fekitoa

The Ireland team will be named later today.

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