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Kane Hames gets his first start as All Blacks make 7 changes for Springboks

New Zealand take on South Africa in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

New Zealand prop Kane Hames
New Zealand prop Kane Hames

KANE HAMES WILL make his first New Zealand start when the All Blacks take on South Africa in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

Prop Hames, 29, comes into the side — as one of seven changes — for Joe Moody, who dislocated his shoulder during last weekend’s 39-22 victory over Argentina in New Plymouth.

Sam Whitelock rejoins Brodie Retallick in the second row, while Liam Squire and Sam Cane slot in on the back row.

Head coach Steve Hansen had already confirmed Aaron Smith would start at scrum-half after losing his place to TJ Perenara for Argentina.

Rieko Ioane is back in the XV and takes Israel Dagg’s place on the wing, while Ryan Crotty returns at centre as Anton Lienert-Brown drops to the bench.

New Zealand: Damian McKenzie, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kane Hames, Dane Coles, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Squire, Sam Cane, Kieran Read.

Replacements: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Lima Sopoaga, Anton Lienert-Brown.

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