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Stars Return As New Zealand Name Team To Face Ireland

NAPIER, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 06: Brodie Retallick of the All Blacks makes a break during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina at McLean Park on September 6, 2014 in Napier, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

New Zealand are in Ireland this week on a mission of revenge. Having suffered defeat for the first time since summer 2015 in Chicago two weeks ago, focus turns to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday as they look to set the record straight.

One area where they badly struggled in Soldier Field was at the line-out. However, Steve Hansen will be confident that the returning duo of Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock can ensure that this set-piece will improve.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: All Black coach Steve Hansen speaks during a New Zealand All Blacks media session at The Lensbury on September 18, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Jerome Kaino, who played at lock in Chicago, was expected to return to the back-row, but has lost out to blindside flanker Liam Squire.

Israel Dagg returns at right wing, and in truth this is a side which looks much stronger than the XV who lost to the Irish two weeks ago.

New Zealand XV to face Ireland:

1. Joe Moody
2. Dane Coles
3. Owen Franks
4. Brodie Retallick
5. Samuel Whitelock
6. Liam Squire
7. Sam Cane
8. Kieran Read – captain
9. Aaron Smith
10. Beauden Barrett
11. Julian Savea
12. Anton Lienert-Brown
13. Malakai Fekitoa
14. Israel Dagg
15. Ben Smith

16. Codie Taylor
17. Wyatt Crockett
18. Charlie Faumuina
19. Scott Barrett
20. Ardie Savea
21. TJ Perenara
22. Aaron Cruden
23. Waisake Naholo

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