Cruden named at flyhalf in All Blacks team to play Wales

BY foxsports • June 8, 2016

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) Aaron Cruden will start at flyhalf in the All Blacks team against Wales in the first rugby test on Saturday, succeeding Dan Carter who has retired after wearing the No. 10 jersey in 112 tests.

Coach Steve Hansen on Thursday named his first team since last year's World Cup, retaining 10 players who started in the final against Australia at Twickenham.

Despite the retirements of Carter, captain Richie McCaw, centers Conrad Smith and Ma'a Nonu, prop Tony Woodcock and hooker Keven Mealamu, depriving the team of more than 700 test caps, Hansen named a squad of 23 with 720 test appearances in total.

The squad contains only two uncapped players - Hurricanes flanker Ardie Savea and Chiefs center Seta Tamanivalu, who are set to make test debuts from the bench.


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