New Zealand v England team news: Kieran Read returns from injury for All Blacks as Malakai Fekitoa wins his first start in the absence of centre Conrad Smith
Jerome Kaino switches to the blindside to accommodate Read with Liam Messam dropping to the bench
Thursday 19 June 2014
Kieran Read will return for the All Blacks after concussion trouble for Saturday's third and final Test against England in Hamilton.
Head coach Steve Hansen has thrown the fit-again number eight into the starting line-up, as New Zealand bid to complete a series whitewash against Stuart Lancaster's side.
Jerome Kaino moves to blindside flanker to accommodate Read - but keeps his place in the starting XV ahead of Liam Messam, who drops to the bench.
Malakai Fekitoa wins his first start for the All Blacks, with Conrad Smith ruled out after breaking a thumb in New Zealand's 28-27 second Test victory last weekend.
The All Blacks will look to equal the record 17 consecutive Test wins by seeing off England in Hamilton, so Hansen has duly selected from strength.
Highlanders centre Fekitoa is already proving one of the Super Rugby stars of the season, the 22-year-old bolting through the All Blacks ranks in impressive fashion.
Fit-again Read's global reputation was underlined by being crowned International Rugby Board player of the year in 2013.
The 28-year-old was forced to sit out New Zealand's first two Tests after suffering lingering concussion symptoms.
Now the Crusaders loose-forward will win his 62nd cap this weekend, with captain Richie McCaw completing a fearsome back-row unit to take his 127th All Blacks bow.
New Zealand team to face England in Hamilton on Saturday: B Smith, C Jane, M Fekitoa, M Nonu, J Savea, A Cruden, A Smith, T Woodcock, D Coles, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, J Kaino, R McCaw (capt), K Read. Replacements: K Mealamu, W Crockett, C Faumuina, P Tuipulotu, L Messam, TJ Perenara, B Barrett, R Crotty.
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