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SBW earns his 50th cap for All Blacks in Yokohama

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Joe Moody returns to the All Black team for this Saturdays Bledisloe Cup test in Yokohama.

A thumb injury kept him out of the last few test matches but he will get his number one jumper back for this test.

All Black centre Sonny Bill Williams will run out  in his 50th test his weekend.

We also see Liam Squire returning to the number six jumper with Retallick that will make his return from injury off the bench.

Hansen has also given TJ Perenara the start at nine with Smith that will make his impact off the bench.

Ben Smith will take up the right wing spot to make way for Damian McKenzie at fullback.

Steve Hansen will be looking how the returning players go this weekend.

It’s great to have Joe, Nepo, Liam and Brodie, as well as Matt Todd, back. As well as being world-class rugby players, they also add a lot of experience to the team, both on and off the track. We look forward to seeing them play again.

“The Test match will provide us with another great opportunity to put into practise what we have learnt throughout our recent Tests in the Rugby Championship, and grow our game in the first Test of what will be an exciting northern tour.

“We’re also excited to be playing the first of our two Tests here in Japan. The Japanese people have been fantastic hosts and the team has enjoyed the cultural aspects of our time here.

“We look forward to seeing them on Saturday and hopefully having their support.”

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Aaron Smith, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

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