Hansen invests in Israel

Israel Dagg has kept his starting place for the All Blacks.

Dagg’s Super Rugby form in 2013 has been woeful but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen believes the All Blacks environment and the intensity of Test rugby will bring out the best in Dagg.

Dagg’s defence has been poor and he has been ordinary on attack.

Aaron Cruden plays at flyhalf because of Dan Carter’s hand injury.

Piri Weepu and Tony Woodcock were not considered because of injury.

Kieran Read captains the team in the absence of Richie McCaw and Sam Cane has been given the three-Test series against France to continue his development as McCaw’s successor.

New Zealand – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Afeaki, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Rene Ranger.