15 Nov 2018

All Blacks stick with England beaters for Irish jig in Dublin

6:01 pm on 15 November 2018
Ryan Crotty

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Williams is out with a shoulder injury he picked up in last week's win over England, meaning Crotty starts, with Anton Lienert-Brown coming onto the bench.

Aaron Smith will play his 82nd Test match and become the most capped All Blacks halfback in history, overtaking Justin Marshall, while Brodie Retallick and Samuel Whitelock will set a new record for an All Blacks starting lock partnership, starting in their 50th Test together.

It's the All Blacks penultimate test of their end of year tour and pits the world's top two ranked sides against each other.

The world champions resorted to a tactical kicking game in London due to the weather and struggled to get any front-foot ball against a fired-up England.

Crotty, however, provided some midfield thrust as the All Blacks changed tactics to hold the ball for longer and Hansen said he expected a similarly intense match against the Six Nations champions.

"This will be another great challenge for our squad and one that we're all really looking forward to. These are the types of Test matches that gets everyone up - it's number one versus number two - and there's a real excitement that's building as we get closer to the game.

"The earlier part of our week has been about getting our processes and clarity right, focussing on our core roles and the execution of our skills and then going out and training well.

"On game day we'll be playing an opponent who will want to keep the ball for long periods of time, and if they aren't getting what they want, then they'll kick and try to pressure us.

"For us, we'll need to be strong at set piece, both on our ball and theirs, and be prepared to work hard with or without the ball. When the momentum comes our way, we'll need to take the opportunities that will come, as the team that makes the most of their opportunities will win the game."

The matchday 23 is as follows (with Test caps in brackets):

1. Karl Tu'inukuafe (11)

2. Codie Taylor (40)

3. Owen Franks (105)

4. Brodie Retallick (73)

5. Samuel Whitelock (107)

6. Liam Squire (22)

7. Ardie Savea (33)

8. Kieran Read - captain (116)

9. Aaron Smith (81)

10. Beauden Barrett (71)

11. Rieko Ioane (22)

12. Ryan Crotty (43)

13. Jack Goodhue (6)

14. Ben Smith (75)

15. Damian McKenzie (21)

16. Dane Coles (58)

17. Ofa Tuungafasi (24)

18. Nepo Laulala (15)

19. Scott Barrett (27)

20. Matt Todd (16)

21. TJ Perenara (53)

22. Richie Mo'unga (6)

23. Anton Lienert-Brown (31)