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    Kane Hames is being thrown straight into the deep end after being selected to pull on the All Blacks’ No.1 jumper for Saturday’s Rugby Championship clash with South Africa in Auckland.

    The two-Test Hames joined the Kiwi squad earlier this week, following a season-ending shoulder injury to incumbent loosehead Joe Moody.

    He has jumped directly into the starting line-up for a likely bruising encounter against the Springboks, leapfrogging veteran Wyatt Crockett.

    It will be the Chiefs loosehead’s first Test start, having come off the bench in Bledisloe Cup Tests in 2016 and 2017.

    Crockett will start on the bench.

    Elsewhere, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sprung few surprises, reinstating his heavy artillery after giving several key players a rest in last week’s 39-22 win over a plucky Argentina in New Plymouth.

    Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Aaron Smith and Ryan Crotty all return to the starting XV, while Liam Squire has been selected ahead of Vaea Fifita at blindside.

    Fifita, who starred in his starting Test debut against Los Pumas and scored a barnstorming try, has been left out of the matchday squad altogether.

    Damian McKenzie retains his role at fullback, while Nehe Milner-Skudder has earned the nod ahead of Waisake Naholo on the right wing.

    Israel Dagg, who has struggled with a knee issue for much of this week, will not play with Rieko Ioane named on the left edge.

    After struggling to dispatch Argentina last weekend, Hansen called on his troops to produce the goods in Auckland.

    They needed to keep growing their game, particularly in attack.

    Several outfits – from the British and Irish Lions to Australia and Argentina – have successfully blunted Hansen’s troops with defensive line speed.

    “We need the games we’re getting at the moment, we’ve had a bit of adversity and that will only make us better,” Hansen said.

    “South Africa scrummage well, they attack well with the ball and their defence is getting better – so that’s basically the game.”

    ALL BLACKS: Damian McKenzie, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (c), Sam Cane, Liam Squire, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles, Kane Hames. RESERVES: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Lima Sopoaga, Anton Lienert-Brown.

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    • September 14th 2017 @ 9:56am
      Tooly said | September 14th 2017 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      The Bokkies are a big chance again depending on the referee and his interpretations .

      • September 14th 2017 @ 10:49am
        Beelzebub said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:49am | ! Report

        Referring decisions are all over the place nowadays and the AB’s have been hammered as much as anyone?

        • September 14th 2017 @ 2:27pm
          cuw said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

          its Owens ,

      • September 14th 2017 @ 2:25pm
        Jeffrey said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

        Really? Exactly where do you see the Bokkies winning this? At best, they have parity up front. Their backline and bench is definitely weaker than what NZ has.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 3:47pm
        Mapu said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

        ! out of last 10.And in Auckland.Cant see your view but good on ya

        • September 15th 2017 @ 3:48am
          Atlas said | September 15th 2017 @ 3:48am | ! Report

          Being played at North Harbour’s QBE Stadium, Albany, rather than Eden Park.
          Don’t know that it has the same ‘reputation’ as Eden Park

          • September 16th 2017 @ 5:14am
            Mapu said | September 16th 2017 @ 5:14am | ! Report

            Really?ok well how far the boks have fallen then eh.not that long ago it would of been a eden park clash for sure

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              September 16th 2017 @ 2:27pm
              atlas said | September 16th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

              Eden Park has had three tests this year. I like that NZR move tests to venues around the country, New Plymouth last week, Hamilton has had tests, and next year Christchurch doesn’t get a test, but Nelson does

              • September 16th 2017 @ 4:29pm
                Mapu said | September 16th 2017 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

                I hear you …but this is ab s vs boks.Not the same eh

              • September 16th 2017 @ 4:29pm
                Mapu said | September 16th 2017 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

                I hear you …but this is ab s vs boks.Not the same eh

      • September 15th 2017 @ 6:56pm
        Andre said | September 15th 2017 @ 6:56pm | ! Report

        No we don’t stand a chance. Everytime we get suckered into this false sense of security by them before matches. They soften us up firat by talking history, how good we are since last ywar, the respect they have for us. Putting jam around our mouths and we’re to naive to realise we are caught in the headlights like a dear.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 9:59am
      Jimmy said | September 14th 2017 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      His persistence with dmac is unbelievable, bb is the 3rd best fullback in nz, behind smith and jordie. Naholo over nms or bring in the bus and move reiko to 14..

      • September 14th 2017 @ 11:02am
        Steven said | September 14th 2017 @ 11:02am | ! Report

        Um. Smith is out and Jordie injured. So isn’t third best the smart selection?

        • September 15th 2017 @ 12:13am
          Jimmy said | September 15th 2017 @ 12:13am | ! Report

          Yes that is bb?..not dmac.

          • September 15th 2017 @ 7:02am
            Steven said | September 15th 2017 @ 7:02am | ! Report

            Ah yes, should have read that more closely, sorry.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 1:13pm
        Fionn said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

        Why would you play Naholo over NMS, let alone the Bus, who has been in awful form all year?

        • September 14th 2017 @ 2:31pm
          cuw said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

          really? maybe ur not watching Miter 10. Naholo is in better form than Savea for starters.

          i think its more to do with being unfit – carrying an injury. what i saw of Naholo was off the bench , and Savea could not catch him in a 40m sprint šŸ™‚

          the form wing in miter 10 so far has been Braydon Ennor – and he is just 20 !!!

          i dont thin Hansen is interested but if they need a quick big guy – then Ben Lam is the man šŸ™‚

          • September 14th 2017 @ 5:42pm
            Highlander said | September 14th 2017 @ 5:42pm | ! Report

            Ennor is something special, had an awesome U20s World Cup in the centres, he is lightening.

            Has signed a Super Rugby contract with the Crusaders after only 3 M10 cup games.

            • September 14th 2017 @ 5:55pm
              cuw said | September 14th 2017 @ 5:55pm | ! Report

              im sure razor knew him before he played miter 10 šŸ™‚

              he is the new Conrad Smith – just glides over the grass , and u will think some one is gonna catch him – but not šŸ™‚ he has more of a striding style rather than a pumping style.

              Crusaders will end up with too many wings at this rate – they already have Seta, Bridge, Mataele, Macilai, Ioane, with Dagg to boot !!! some will have to move in

              u need to look out for the under 20 full back too – will Jordan of Tasman . if Dagg keeps on hurting his knees , he just may lose the spot…. Jordan is a mini Dagg.

              • September 15th 2017 @ 7:37am
                lassitude said | September 15th 2017 @ 7:37am | ! Report

                Since when did Conrad Smith “glide over the grass”? He was a carthorse, athletically speaking, His skills were elsewhere.

                Now Bruce Robertson that’s a different matter. He did glide and at a rate that even his wingers couldn’t keep up at times.

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                September 15th 2017 @ 3:44pm
                Shane D said | September 15th 2017 @ 3:44pm | ! Report

                Conrad Smith was not a cart horse. He has the ability to be moving quickly effortlessly. That deceptive speed allowed him to ghost through gaps.

              • September 15th 2017 @ 11:36am
                ClarkeG said | September 15th 2017 @ 11:36am | ! Report

                If Conrad Smith was a carthorse then Winx is just an average thoroughbred racehorse.

                I’m with you Cuw.

              • September 15th 2017 @ 6:59pm
                lassitude said | September 15th 2017 @ 6:59pm | ! Report

                He wasn’t fast at all. He had very good aerobic capability, good timing, and good positioning on defence but I never saw him beat anyone on the outside or by a step – the least athletic 13 of any tenure that the All Blacks have ever had IMO.

              • September 16th 2017 @ 9:52am
                timber said | September 16th 2017 @ 9:52am | ! Report

                Conrad wasn’t fast but he had a great sense of space and could anticipate the opposition’s thinking allowing him to run great lines and mesmerize the defensive line. Guile rather than athleticism, I would describe him as having ample time rather than a physical gliding run.

          • September 15th 2017 @ 3:14pm
            ClarkeG said | September 15th 2017 @ 3:14pm | ! Report

            Naholo was not considered for the Arg test following a head knock playing form Taranaki. Not sure what his fitness status is presently.

          • September 16th 2017 @ 9:21am
            Ben said | September 16th 2017 @ 9:21am | ! Report

            Really Cuw?…. Lam is nowhere near being an AB…not even in the picture.
            I know Ben very well having coached him at 1st xv level and know where hes at atm…before you accuse me of not knowing much like you did when i said Fifita would be an AB..
            Naholo has only played 1 full game of NPC and subbed on in 1 vs Savea having played 4 full matches.
            Savea has showed glimpses but is inconsistant atm whilst Naholo is injured anyway….so saying Naholo is in better form after 1 full match is not a comparison.

            • September 16th 2017 @ 9:39am
              Ben said | September 16th 2017 @ 9:39am | ! Report

              Surprised you rate Ennor so highly given your fixation with the size of players..i.e. Ben Smith, Crotty, Lienart-Brown all being too small according to you with all of them being a lot bigger than Ennors 92kgs.

        • September 15th 2017 @ 12:17am
          Jimmy said | September 15th 2017 @ 12:17am | ! Report

          For starters naholo is bigger, faster and stronger, and is better under the high ball. Nms is there for xfactor, but I don’t like him with dmac there especially, It’s a recipe for disaster like last week.

          • September 15th 2017 @ 12:26pm
            Highlander said | September 15th 2017 @ 12:26pm | ! Report

            Tommy Seymour is still having Naholo based nightmares after Highlanders v Lions

          • September 16th 2017 @ 7:16am
            Fionn said | September 16th 2017 @ 7:16am | ! Report

            I don’t think that Naholo is better under the high ball. NMS is very good under the high ball, and often plays fullback at super rugby, and Naholo has looked very average catching high balls.

            Naholo is faster, but I don’t think he offers more in defence and possibly not even in attack.

          • September 16th 2017 @ 10:01am
            timber said | September 16th 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

            Naholo and DMAC are both prone to mistakes. NMS is a very accurate player while being just as brilliant in attack as the other two. I hope the long-term future is Ioane , NMS and Smith, with Jordie coming in at some stage.

            • September 16th 2017 @ 11:52am
              Fionn said | September 16th 2017 @ 11:52am | ! Report

              Timber, I agree 100%. I think that Jordie will be relegated to the bench as a super sub until Ben Smith retires or suffers serious injury.

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        September 14th 2017 @ 2:18pm
        pformagg said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

        Allblacks always have dual FB, so one wing will always be a full back. BB has always troubled the Springs at 10, so why would you move him. 65min, he will go to FB and sopanusa will be at 10 to close out a close game. AB by 6.

        • September 14th 2017 @ 2:31pm
          cuw said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

          except when they played Ireland in usa šŸ™‚

          • September 14th 2017 @ 10:16pm
            Council said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:16pm | ! Report

            I can live with one loss every hundred years.

        • September 16th 2017 @ 9:23am
          Ben said | September 16th 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report


    • Roar Guru

      September 14th 2017 @ 10:10am
      Machooka said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:10am | ! Report

      Solid, strong ABs side for this Test against the Bok!

      I’m hoping the Bok can lift a gear or two to make a real game of it… at least for the first 60 minutes šŸ™‚

      • September 14th 2017 @ 3:30pm
        DavSA said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

        Too kind Machooka , anything but an All Black win will be a surprise . But myself ….I love surprises.

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          September 14th 2017 @ 4:59pm
          Machooka said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:59pm | ! Report

          Haha DavSA… hey, remember Dunedin a couple of weeks ago?

          That was surprise with a capital S U R P R I S E… it can happen buddy šŸ˜‰

    • September 14th 2017 @ 10:28am
      Muzzo said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:28am | ! Report

      Still see Shag is persisting with SBW, & hopefully he does start to show something better than his lack lustre performances this season. In my opinion, I thought that ALB would start with Crotty, as they have been the standout pairing so far this season.
      On Barrett, please, please Shag, let the “Silent Assassin”, do all the kicking from the tee, as his consistency is far higher, than what Barrett, has shown, recently.
      A good solid team & as with any game against the Bok’s, we will look forward to another ultimate challenge. Go the Black’s.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 11:04am
        Steven said | September 14th 2017 @ 11:04am | ! Report

        The Herald is reporting that Barrett’s is kicking at 80% in his last 10 tests. Admittedly, it’s lower than that if you go back further, and he does have some strings of misses at key times. But still, that’s about what Carter was kicking and seems pretty good to me.

        • September 14th 2017 @ 12:01pm
          Muzzo said | September 14th 2017 @ 12:01pm | ! Report

          Well Steven, in the last few test matches, Barrett, has left a few out there, so I don’t know how they come up with 80%. Was the writer Mark Reason? If so, enough said.

          • September 14th 2017 @ 2:13pm
            taylorman said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:13pm | ! Report

            Said all season Barrett is kicking good percentages. Trouble is hes either hot or cold on the day. Kicks or misses everything.

            Kicked 10/10 or something vs Samoa and 5/5 in one of the RC matches, Still think he has the best test rate for 2017 so far.

            • September 14th 2017 @ 4:22pm
              Muzzo said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:22pm | ! Report

              Yep, pretty right there T/man, but let’s keep the fingers crossed he has a “hot”, night, off the tee. Cheers.

          • September 14th 2017 @ 2:35pm
            cuw said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

            i think people get these % confused becoz BB is not a consistent kicker.

            in one match he may be 90% while in the next 40%. but over a few matches or a period, he will average to 70 – 80%.

            the problem is not averages. it is the kicks he misses.

            they say there is a much higher chance of getting killed on the road , than by air travel. that statistics has no meaning if ur the one in the plane that goes down !!!

      • September 14th 2017 @ 11:37am
        zubrick said | September 14th 2017 @ 11:37am | ! Report

        • September 14th 2017 @ 1:28pm
          Muzzo said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:28pm | ! Report

          Hahaha zubrick, as I said above, Mark Reason, enough said!!!!!

        • September 14th 2017 @ 3:13pm
          timber said | September 14th 2017 @ 3:13pm | ! Report

          I can’t stand Mark Reason but he’s spot on there.
          Barrett’s not a 10, he’s a fullback. His distribution, vision in constricted space and game management are all average. A good 10 has to accept that he’s a facilitator, an orchestrator for those around him and he’s not going to make a flashy break every second touch.
          Not bagging Barrett, he’s a brilliant fullback, just not a 10.

          • September 14th 2017 @ 10:19pm
            Council said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:19pm | ! Report

            Funny how everyone thought he was alright last year.

            I can’t stand supporters that bag a player like this.

            He is a 10, is a class player, and you have to take into account the game plan required by the coaches this year.

            You want to see control? Watch any of the Canes game last year, or the Black games.

            • September 15th 2017 @ 2:27pm
              timber said | September 15th 2017 @ 2:27pm | ! Report

              I’m not everyone, I’m me, and I’ve always considered Barrett a fantastic fullback but a question mark 10.
              No need to get your knickers in a twist because someone has a different opinion on where Barrett is best utilized.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 10:44am
      Council said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:44am | ! Report

      The only thing we can genuinely be disappointed with BB is his goal kicking.

      I think that the game plan is deliberate from the coaches, which is leading to all these handling mistakes.

      Imagine them going hard up the middle for the first 50, then unleashing their current game plan without all the errors…

      • September 14th 2017 @ 10:50am
        Beelzebub said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:50am | ! Report

        Yes indeed

      • September 14th 2017 @ 1:10pm
        insomniac said | September 14th 2017 @ 1:10pm | ! Report

        That’s what I think. They are playing at an extreme speed, and basically saying if you’re going to use a rush defence to counteract our playing speed, we’ll just go faster. One day the passes will stick.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 4:48pm
        Bobbo7 said | September 14th 2017 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

        The goal kicking is very inconsistent – fine at the moment but come a WC I do wonder whether it can really be relied upon. Tough call because BB is so good otherwise

        • September 14th 2017 @ 10:20pm
          Council said | September 14th 2017 @ 10:20pm | ! Report

          Yeah, that is my only issue, and I guess I’m a very positive supporter, and will always back the players picked.

    • September 14th 2017 @ 12:55pm
      R2D2 said | September 14th 2017 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

      Short back two in DM and NMS, so the Boks will kick bombs all day

      • September 14th 2017 @ 2:15pm
        taylorman said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

        taking bombs are more about technique, timing and courage than how far off the ground you are.

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        September 14th 2017 @ 2:20pm
        pformagg said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

        SA super rugby teams tried that against the chiefs, didn’t end well. DMAC can handle himself in the air.

      • September 14th 2017 @ 2:41pm
        cuw said | September 14th 2017 @ 2:41pm | ! Report

        height becomes a problem only if u have taller and agile backs of ur own who can counter it.

        saffa backs are not that – but auzzy backs are. saffas do not have a Folau or a DHP – tall , agile and good hands.

        in fact the saffa backs will be hard pressed to contain the nz backs – Ioane is big n very quick, NMS does the quick step and Dmac is slippery.

        if the last team starts the only good thing in the saffa backs is their center pair. others shirk contact…