Rugby: Hansen on dropping All Blacks stars for Bledisloe Cup

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Aug 15, 20193m
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Rugby: Hansen on dropping All Blacks stars for Bledisloe Cup
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No risk - high reward. That's the message from All Blacks coach Steve Hansen after dropping three big name players for Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup decider against Australia in Auckland. Star backs Ben Smith and Rieko Ioane and centurion prop Owen Franks have all missed selection - with the much less experienced George Bridge, Sevu Reece and Nepo Laulala claiming the vacant spots. The changes are three of seven unforced tweaks made in the wake of last weekend's record defeat to the Wallabies in Perth. RNZ sport reporter Clay Wilson has more on a squad Hansen is confident is fit for purpose - for this weekend and beyond.

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