TJ replaces Smith for NZ

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November 25, 2016
TJ replaces Smith for NZ

COACH: Steve Hansen

Injuries force Hansen to make changes.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen dropped skandaal scrumhalf Aaron Smith and replaced him with TJ Perenara for their Test against France at the Stade de France in Paris tomorrow (10pm).

In a reshuffled backline, Perenara starts at No. 9, with Smith among the replacements, while Ryan Crotty returns from injury and is in the 12 jersey with Anton Lienert-Brown moving to centre.

Commenting on his squad, Hansen says: “When it came to selecting this side, we had to make some changes because of injuries, but we also looked to pick the best side possible for what we think will be a titanic battle against the French.

“They’ve improved immensely since the World Cup when we last played them, and we’re well aware they’ll be looking to finish their autumn season with a big performance.”

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