Out of form All Blacks rewarded

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen selected six new caps for the three-Test series against France.

The World Champions look vulnerable at loose-forward and hooker and several out of form veterans have been included.

Forwards

Hookers
Dane Coles – Wellington (4)
Andrew Hore – Taranaki (74)
Keven Mealamu – Auckland (102)

Props
Ben Afeaki North Harbour
Wyatt Crockett – Canterbury (11)
Ben Franks – Hawke-s Bay (23)
Owen Franks – Canterbury (45)
Tony Woodcock – North Harbour (96)

Locks
Brodie Retallick – Bay of Plenty (13)
Luke Romano – Canterbury (11)
Jeremy Thrush – Wellington
Samuel Whitelock – Canterbury (39)

Loose Forwards
Sam Cane – Bay of Plenty (5)
Steven Luatua – Auckland
Liam Messam – Waikato (20)
Kieran Read, captain – Canterbury (48)
Victor Vito – Wellington (20)

Backs

Halfbacks
Tawera Kerr-Barlow – Waikato (2)
Aaron Smith – Manawatu (13)
Piri Weepu – Auckland (69)

First five–eighths
Beauden Barrett – Taranaki (5)
Daniel Carter – Canterbury (94)
Aaron Cruden – Manawatu (20)

Midfielders
Ma’a Nonu – Wellington (76)
Rene Ranger – Northland (3)
Francis Saili – North Harbour
Conrad Smith – Wellington (66)

Outside backs
Israel Dagg – Hawke’s Bay (25)
Charles Piutau – Auckland
Julian Savea – Wellington (9)
Ben Smith – Otago (12)

Injury replacement:
Matt Todd – Canterbury