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Sunday 21 January 2018

NZ won't be 'tinkering'

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen will not make wholesale changes for the final Test against France despite the All Blacks sealing the series 2-0 with a clinical 30-0 victory on Saturday.

Prior to the series, Hansen had said he would take calculated risks with the team and blood new players, as well as giving others such as hooker Dane Coles and out-half Aaron Cruden the opportunity to get game time.

But he said there would be no tinkering for tinkering's sake, even with his plans to rejuvenate the world champion All Blacks appearing well on track.

"You can't make wholesale changes just because we've won the series. They'll be subtle (changes) if there are any at all."

Hansen did confirm that out-half Daniel Carter, who suffered a non-displaced fracture in his hand and was ruled out of the first two matches, would be available for selection.

Irish Independent

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