17 Jun 2014

Just a few changes expected for All Blacks this week

12:54 pm on 17 June 2014

The indications are that the All Black selectors are unlikely to make too many changes for the third Test against England in Hamilton this weekend.

The All Blacks have scored two close wins so far and the only confirmed change will be that of centre Conrad Smith, who is out with a broken thumb and will be replaced by either Ryan Crotty or Malakai Fekitoa.

Coach Steve Hansen says he doesn't want to help the English by telling them their likely makeup, and he's still seeking improvement in this early part of the season.

The intention is that Kieran Read will return this week and that will likely mean the No.8 will take the place of Liam Messam, with Jerome Kaino moving to the blindside.