Rugby: All Blacks name unchanged squad for second France test

Sometimes things need to stay the same if you want them to change.
Sometimes things need to stay the same if you want them to change. Photo credit: Photosport

Sometimes things need to stay the same if you want them to change.

That's why the All Blacks have stuck with the same 23 for Saturday's second test against France in Wellington.

"As we have a big focus right now on developing our game and working on our skill-sets, connections and combinations, it isn't beneficial to be making wholesale changes, if any at all, to the playing 23," says coach Steve Hansen. 

The 52-11 scoreline at Eden Park didn't reflect the fact that France led 11-8 at halftime, when the All Blacks were making mistakes.

Paul Gabrillagues' yellow card, combined with more direct All Blacks forward play and superb finishing, meant News Zealand scored 44 unanswered second-half points.

Rugby: All Blacks name unchanged squad for second France test

Hansen says: "while we were really happy with the way we finished last weekend's test, we're fully aware that we still have a lot of work to do."

It's rare for teams to go unchanged in modern rugby, with the high injury tolls, while the All Blacks have also benefitted from no citing in the opening test.

With Sonny Bill Williams becoming available for selection in the third test, the selections might be more of a talking point for the third test in Dunedin.

The full line-up (with caps) is:

All Blacks:1-Joe Moody (32), 2-Codie Taylor (30), 3-Owen Franks (96), 4-Samuel Whitelock (97) - captain, 5-Scott Barrett (17), 6-Liam Squire (16), 7-Sam Cane (54), 8-Luke Whitelock (3), 9-Aaron Smith (72), 10-Beauden Barrett (63), 11-Rieko Ioane (14), 12-Ryan Crotty (33), 13-Anton Lienert-Brown (23), 14-Ben Smith (65), 15-Jordie Barrett (3)

Reserves: 16-Nathan Harris (12), 17- Karl Tu’inukuafe (1), 18-Ofa Tuungafasi (15), 19-Vaea Fifita (6), 20-Ardie Savea (26), 21-TJ Perenara (43), 22-Damian McKenzie (13), 23-Ngani Laumape (5)

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