All Blacks make 2 changes for 2nd Wales test

All Blacks make 2 changes for 2nd Wales test

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 1:52 p.m. ET

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Fullback Israel Dagg has been recalled by the All Blacks to play his 50th test in Saturday's second test against Wales as one of two changes to New Zealand's starting lineup.

Dagg played his most-recent test against South Africa in July last year and was omitted from New Zealand's squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup because of injuries and fading form.

He returns as part of a reorganization of the All Blacks backline that played in the 39-21 first test win over Wales last weekend.

Winger Julian Savea has been dropped after continuing poor form. Waisake Naholo moves from the right wing to the left, fullback Ben Smith moves to the right wing and Dagg takes Smith's place at the back.


In the only other change, lock Sam Whitelock returns from injury to displace Luke Romano.