All Blacks make one change for second test

Updated: June 13, 2012

Visit our Partner site for the latest Euro 2012 odds, tips and betting

New Zealand have made just one change to their side that will face Ireland in their second of three tests this Saturday morning in Christchurch.

Adam Thomson, who came off the bench in the 42-10 win has been promoted to the starting 15 as loose forward Victor Vito will miss the game due to a knee injury.

The uncapped Sam Cane comes into the match day 22 for a game that will carry huge emotional significance for the New Zealand team as the Christchurch test will be the first game played there since the devastating earthquake which rocked the country last year, a fact not lost on coach Steve Hansen.

“It’s great that Test footy has returned to Christchurch and the players are looking forward to playing in front of a sell-out crowd.

““The team, especially those of us from Christchurch, know that people have still been doing it tough so hopefully we can give them a performance on Saturday that puts a smile on their faces.”

“Once again, for us its about our preparation, getting clarity early in the week and building in intensity so we can have a performance we can all be proud of on Saturday.

“We (the coaches) are expecting further improvements in our game due to the extra training and preparation time we have had together, along with having a game under our belt.

“We are also expecting Ireland to improve, as they are a nation with a never-say-die attitude so what we did last time won’t be good enough.”

NEW ZEALAND (v Ireland): Israel Dagg; Zac Guildford, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Julian Savea; Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Adam Thomson, Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read.

Replacements: Hikawera Elliott, Ben Franks, Ali Williams, Sam Cane, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>