All Blacks lose Liam Messam (team sheet)

The All Blacks have lost the services of Super Rugby winning Liam Messam ahead of their first encounter of the 2013 TeamsheetsRugby Championships this weekend.

Messam’s hamstring injury has forced coach Steve Hansen to start the impressive, but inexperienced Blues forward Steven Luatua. Aaron Cruden starts at fly half in place of injured Dan Carter.

New Zealand vs Australia, Sydney, 11:00 BST (12:00 CAT)

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New Zealand – revised: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Ryan Crotty.

 

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