Kaino set to bring up 50th Test cap for All Blacks

Kaino set to bring up 50th Test cap for All Blacks

Tenacious Blues loose forward Jerome Kaino will play his 50th Test for the All Blacks on Saturday when they take on England in the eagerly-anticipated second Test of the Steinlager Series at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Kaino is one of six Blues players named in the squad, with only one change made to last week’s team.†With Israel Dagg unavailable through injury, Ben Smith moves to fullback and Julian Savea comes back onto the wing.
The team is (with caps in brackets. * denotes uncapped player)
Starting XV:
1. Tony Woodcock (108)
2. Dane Coles (16)
3. Owen Franks (55)
4. Brodie Retallick (25)
5. Samuel Whitelock (52)
6. Liam Messam (30)
7. Richie McCaw – captain (125)
8. Jerome Kaino (49)
9. Aaron Smith (27)
10. Aaron Cruden (30)
11. Julian Savea (20)
12. Ma’a Nonu (89)
13. Conrad Smith (76)
14. Cory Jane (46)
15. Ben Smith (27)
Reserves:
16. Keven Mealamu (111)
17. Wyatt Crockett (25
18. Charlie Faumuina (18)
19. Patrick Tuipulotu *
20. Victor Vito (23)
21. TJ Perenara (1)
22. Beauden Barrett (17)
23. Malakai Fekitoa (1)
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “We are expecting another big contest this weekend and with England sure to make improvements in their game, we will have to improve massively ourselves.
“We have worked hard on our skillsets, attitude and the detail in our game, which wasn’t up to All Blacks standard last week.
“Our mindset this week has been all about improvement, taking ownership and responsibility for our individual roles with the aim of delivering a team performance we can all be proud of.
“We have a strong belief in what we are trying to do and I assume the English do as well. So come 7.35 on Saturday night, it’s game on once again. That’s what Test rugby is all about and that’s why we can’t wait for Saturday night to arrive.”
Forsyth Barr Stadium is sold out for this weekend’s Test with a capacity crowd of 28,500 expected to be in attendance.