Hansen rewards Piutau

Charles Piutau will start on the wing against France. He is one of only four players who started against Japan.

Predictably Richie McCaw and Dan Carter start, as does Ben Smith in the centres.

There is no place in the match 23 for utility back Beudan Barrett.

Julia Savea did not train because of illness and was not considered. All Blacks coach Hansen told the media that had Savea been fit he would have started, as would Piatau after his performances in Dunedin and Tokyo.

Veteran Cory Jane gets his first start of the year. Hansen said Jane would either have been among the reserves or missed out, had it not been for Savea’s illness.

The All Blacks coach said it was an easy team selection to make and with 853 Test caps it is the most experienced side ever picked to represent the All Blacks.

All Blacks – Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Charlie Piutau, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Steven Luatua, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Ryan Crotty.

France – 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Maxime Médard, 10 Remi Tales, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damian Chouly, 7 Wenceslas Lauret, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (capt), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Yannick Forestier.
Subs: 16 Dimitri Szarzewski, 17 Vincent Debaty, 18 Rabah Slimani, 19 Sebastien Vahaamahina, 20 Antonie Claassen, 21 Jean-Marc Doussain, 22 Camille Lopez, 23 Gael Fickou.