New Zealand make five changes from Chicago loss for Ireland rematch

The World Champions remain unbeaten against Ireland in Dublin

BY Daniel Kelly 07:34 Thursday 17 November 2016, 7:34 17 Nov 2016

Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick both return to the team. Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

New Zealand have named their team to face Ireland this Saturday in Dublin.

The starting 15 sees five changes from the one that lost 40-29 in Chicago a fortnight ago. The second row has been fully replaced with Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock returning. The duo replace the injured Jerome Kaino and Patrick Tuipulotu, who drops out of the matchday 23.

World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett continues his partnership with scrum-half Aaron Smith, but head coach Steve Hansen has changed three player in the rest of the backs, from the team that started in Soldier Field.

On the right wing, Israel Dagg replaces Waisake Naholo. The centre combination also has been fully replaced with Anton Lienert-Brown and Malakai Fekitoa taking their places instead of Ryan Crotty and Geroge Moala.

Naholo takes his place on the bench, along with TJ Perenara and Aaron Cruden in the backs.

New Zealand team and replacements to face Ireland:

(15-9): Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Malakai Fekitoa, Anton Lienert-Brown, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith.

(1-8): Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Squire, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (captain).

Replacements (16-23): Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Waisake Naholo. 


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