Barrett and Dagg Set to Start for All Blacks


New Zealand vs Australia also Wallibies VS All Blacks in the Bledisloe Cup II photo Israel Dagg will return to play for the All Black after being given the nod for this weekend’s battle against Argentina over Cory Jane.

Dagg is set to be at full back and will be one of three player changes from the lineup that battered Australia the last time out.

Aaron Cruden who is injured, will be replaced for Beauden Barrett at fly-half, while Ma’a Nonu is now fit and will take back his place at the inside centre which means Ryan Crotty will sit.

However, it is Dagg’s inclusion that is the biggest surprise since he was dropped for both of the Bledisloe Cup matches.

Ben Smith will shift to wing to accommodate Dagg, while Steve Hansen admitted that the star from the Crusaders deserve an opportunity.

Hansen said those who make the player decisions felt the time was right to hand Israel his opportunity.

Hansen said that he wanted everyone to know that the decision should not reflect on the play of Cory Jane, as the club has been more than happy with his last two performances.

The return of Nonu was an expected one as he recovered from an injured shoulder. Barrett will get his chance to wear the fly half jersey, but it might only be temporary as Cruden should be fit to face the Springboks next week in Wellington.

Hansen said that Aaron could possibly have played, yet the selectors were not prepared to face that risk of having him re-injured and then missing out for a long period.

Up front, it will be the same group that was dominating versus Australia, with Liam Messam getting the start again at the blindside and Wyatt Crocket staying on at loosehead.

Hansen did make changes to the bench with Joe Moody and Jeremy Thrush included, as well as fly-half cover Colin Slade.

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