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Teams named for Saturday’s final Lions v NZ test

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THE Lions will field the same as last Saturday for the final test in Auckland. New Zealand have made a few changes Jordie Barrett making his first New Zealand start. Barrett, the 20-year-old brother of All Blacks fly-half Beauden Barrett, wins a second cap at full-back (he came on as a replacement against Samoa last month).
Ngani Laumape will be in for Sonny Bill Williams and wing Julian Savea is recalled for Rieko Ioane. Israel Dagg switches from full-back to right-wing.
The Lions will be looking for their first test series win since 1971 and All Blacks skipper Kieran Read becomes the seventh New Zealand player to win 100 caps.
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen said: “Firstly, on behalf of the All Blacks and all of New Zealand, I would like to congratulate Reado on reaching the milestone of 100 Test matches. It is a special achievement to play just one Test, so to play 100 is a remarkable effort. His playing ability speaks for itself and inspires others, and he now joins a unique group of special All Blacks.
“This final match in the series is going to be a cracker. It’s the series we expected it to be, as the Lions have quality players.
“It now comes down to this Saturday – the winner takes all – and that will create its own unique pressures, and it’s going to be interesting to see how both sides cope with it.
New Zealand: J Barrett; I Dagg, A Lienert-Brown, N Laumape, J Savea; B Barrett, A Smith; J Moody, C Taylor, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, J Kaino, S Cane, K Read (capt).
Replacements: N Harris, W Crockett, C Faumuina, S Barrett, A Savea, TJ Perenara, A Cruden, M Fekitoa.
Lions: L Williams (Wales), A Watson (England), J Davies (Wales), O Farrell, E Daly (both England), J Sexton, C Murray (both Ireland), M Vunipola, J George (both England), T Furlong (Ireland), M Itoje (England), A W Jones, S Warburton (both Wales, capt), S O’Brien (Ireland), T Faletau (Wales).
Replacements: K Owens (Wales), J McGrath (Ireland), K Sinckler (England), C Lawes (England), CJ Stander (Ireland), R Webb (Wales), B Te’o, J Nowell (both England).

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