Taylor to debut for All Blacks (team sheets)

The All Blacks have handed Crusaders back up flyhalf his test debut against the Wallabies this weekend after injury Teamsheetshas devastated the teams pivot ranks.

There are two forced changes to the team that smashed the Wallabies last weekend with Taylor replacing Aaron Cruden and lock Brodie Retallick coming in for Luke Romano.

All Black head coach Steve Hansen said: “We want to firstly congratulate Tom on his selection in the starting XV.  He is mentally tough and plays the game with a lot of confidence and maturity.  These factors, along with his assured goal-kicking under pressure, has made this an easy selection. We have every faith that he will handle the occasion with aplomb.”

“We also want to congratulate “Woody” [Tony Woodcock] on what will be his 100th Test.  He is a hugely respected player within the group who always puts the team first.  It has been business as usual for him and the team this week, but we will enjoy acknowledging his achievement with him after the game They will be hurting after that Test and will throw everything at us. They will be looking to play with more accuracy and intensity so, therefore, we will need to meet – or better that – with a higher level of execution right across the board, if we are to be successful.”

“They will be hurting after that Test and will throw everything at us. They will be looking to play with more accuracy and intensity so, therefore, we will need to meet – or better that – with a higher level of execution right across the board, if we are to be successful.” Added the All Black coach.

Congratulations to prop Tony Woodcock who will win his 100th test cap for the All Blacks on Saturday.

All Blacks vs Wallabies, Wellington, KO 19:35 NZT (08:35 BST, 09:35 BST)

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New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Charles Piutau.

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