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Hansen ring the changes for Italy


All Blacks coach Hansen has made a few changes to his team that will face Italy this weekend in Rome.

I am afraid that Italy will get the backlash from last weeks lost against Ireland when they run out against the World Champions on Saturday.

In the forwards Ofa Tuungafasi and Nepo Laulala will form the front row with Coles at hooker.

Karl Tu’inukuafe and Angus Ta’avao, and hooker Nathan Harris will provide cover off the bench.

We also see a change in the second row with Scott Barrett and Patrick Tuipulotu starting.

Fifita will start at six and Arie Savea again at seven with Read captaining the side from the number eight position.

TJ Perenara starts at nine with Barrett again taking up the number 10 jumper.

In the midfield Hansen has opted for Ngani Laumpe and Anton Lienert-Brown with Waisake Naholo, Jodie Barrett and Damien McKenzie making up the back three.

Hansen needs his troops to fire on all cylinders for this last test of 2018 and we can expect a massive scoreline

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Jordie Barrett, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ofa Tuungafasi
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Dalton Papalii, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Rieko Ioane

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