Per­e­nara gets nod over Smith

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Paris: Aaron Smith has been dropped as the All Blacks shake up their back­line for Sun­day’s test against France in Paris, with TJ Per­e­nara tak­ing over at scrumhalf in their “best pos­si­ble” side. Only fly­half Beau­den Bar­rett and wing Ju­lian Savea re­tained their po­si­tions in the backs from the side that beat Ire­land 21-9 in last week’s bruis­ing en­counter in Dublin. Most of the changes in the side named on Thurs­day are in­jury in­flu­enced with Is­rael Dagg mov­ing to full­back for the in­jured Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty re­turn­ing to inside cen­tre, push­ing An­ton Lien­art-Brown out one po­si­tion with Waisake Na­holo start­ing on the right wing. “When it came to se­lect­ing this side, we had to make some changes be­cause of in­juries, but we also looked to pick the best side pos­si­ble for what we think will be a ti­tanic battle against the French,” coach Steve Hansen said. Team: New Zealand: 15 Is­rael Dagg, 14 Waisake Na­holo, 13 An­ton LienertBrown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Ju­lian Savea, 10 Beau­den Bar­rett, 9 TJ Per­e­nara, 8 Kieran Read cap­tain, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam White­lock, 4 Brodie Re­tal­lick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody

Sub­sti­tutes: 16 Codie Tay­lor, 17 Wy­att Crock­ett, 18 Char­lie Fau­muina, 19 Scott Bar­rett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Aaron Smith, 22 Aaron Cru­den, 23 Rieko Ioane. AFP

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