June 6, 2018 / 5:11 PM / 13 days ago

Rugby-New Zealand team to face France

WELLINGTON, June 7 (Reuters) - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen named the following team on Thursday to play France in the first match of their three-test series at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.

New Zealand: 15-Jordie Barrett, 14-Ben Smith, 13-Anton Lienert-Brown, 12-Ryan Crotty, 11-Rieko Ioane, 10-Beauden Barrett, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Luke Whitelock, 7-Sam Cane, 6-Liam Squire, 5-Scott Barrett, 4-Sam Whitelock (captain), 3-Owen Franks, 2-Codie Taylor, 1-Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16-Nathan Harris, 17-Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18-Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19-Vaea Fifita, 20-Ardie Savea, 21-TJ Perenara, 22-Damian McKenzie, 23-Ngani Laumape

Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Gareth Jones

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