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Crockett steps in for Woodcock

The inclusion of prop Wyatt Crockett is the only change to the All Blacks side to play Australia in the second Bledisloe Cup Test at Eden Park on Saturday.

Crockett replaces Tony Woodcock who suffered a rib injury in Sydney last weekend.

Coach Steve Hansen also announced that Charlie Faumuina, Tamati Ellison and Adam Thomson would be released to play for their provinces in the opening round of the ITM Cup.

Hansen said that while the All Blacks had been happy with their opening 27-19 win it was expected they would continue to seek an improvement in their performance, which they were also anticipating from Australia.

"Playing in front of our home crowd is always exciting for the All Blacks," Hansen said.

"The fans are important to us and getting the opportunity to play a home Test is one we cherish."

New Zealand team: Israel Dagg; Cory Jane, Ma'a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Hosea Gear; Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Wyatt Crockett, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read.


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