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Test Preview – All Blacks v Tonga

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The All Blacks wil play Tonga this weekend in their final warm-up test on Saturday.

Hansen has rested several players and also picked Barrett at ten with the shoulder injury to Mo’unga.

Barrett moving from fullback to flyhalf opens the way for Ben Smith to get a start at fullback. In my mind this is in any case the best selection for the All Blacks at flyhalf and fullback.

Barrett have shown how much more he gives the All Blacks or for any team he play for on attack. Same goes with Smith who has been far more effective at fullback than on the wing.

Perenara will combine with Barrett replacing Aaron Smith who move to the bench.

In the midfield Hansen went with Crotty who replace Williams. Crotty will parter Anton Lienert-Brow in the midfield for this test.

In the forwards Todd replace Cane and Taylor replace Coles at hooker.

Tonga have never won against the All Blacks and although nobody expect any thing to change this weekend Hansen said that they will not slip-up gunning for their fourth title in Japan.

This should be a highly in entertaining match which the All Blacks should have no problem winning.

We do not know that much about the Tonga side with not much coverage in our part of the world on second tier teams, but what we do know is that they are hard bunch of guys who do not stand back for anyone.

This test will be live on SuperSport on Saturday at 04:35

Prediction: All Blacks by 30+

Teams:

New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Ardie Savea, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody

Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Aaron Smith, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Jordie Barrett

Tonga: 15 David Halaifonua, 14 Cooper Vuna, 13 Mali Hingano, 12 Siale Piutau (captain), 11 Viliami Lolohea, 10 Kurt Morath, 9 Tane Takulua, 8 Ma’ama Vaipulu, 7 Fotu Lokotui, 6 Sione Kalamafoni, 5 Leva Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 Siua Halanukonuka, 2 Siua Maile, 1 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi

Replacements: 16 Sione Anga’aelangi, 17 Vunipola Fifita, 18 Ma’afu Fia, 19 Dan Faleafa, 20 Zane Kapeli, 21 Leon Fukofuka, 22 James Faiva, 23 Afa Pakalani

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