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  • 15 June 2019
    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has called on Anton Lienert-Brown to plug the hole in his midfield against Australia in the second Bledisloe Cup Test at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday, the Chiefs centre named to make his Test debut at inside centre alongside Malakai Fekitoa.Lienert-Brown, 21, was called into the squad as cover following Sonny Bill Williams Achilles tendon injury at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, and further injuries to incumbent No.12 Ryan Crotty, George Moala and Waisake Naholo have compelled Hansen to give Lienert-Brown his chance.He had a very good Super season with strong performances throughout, and we expect him to take the step up, Hansen said of the Christchurch-born midfielder who impressed in defence as the Chiefs overcame a string of injuries to reach the semi-finals.The world champions were plagued by injuries in their 42-8 mauling of the Wallabies in the first Bledisloe encounter, losing Crotty, Naholo and hooker Codie Taylor.Naholo has been replaced by Hurricanes winger Julian Savea in the starting XV, while Dane Coles will start from the first minute in place of Taylor. Coles, 29, played almost the full 80 minutes in Sydney despite his lingering rib complaint.The inexperienced Seta Tamanivalu and James Parsons, both called into the All Blacks set-up this week, take their places on the bench.The team otherwise retains a similar feel to that which notched up a record win on Australian soil last week.The only other changes see Joe Moody replace Wyatt Crockett as the loosehead prop, and Ben Smith swapping positions with Israel Dagg.Victory against the Wallabies will secure New Zealands 14th consecutive Bledisloe Cup success, and put them in the driving seat to reclaim the Rugby Championship.As always, the expectation we have placed on ourselves is to improve in everything we do, Hansen said.New Zealand: Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Malakai Fekitoa, Anton Lienert-Brown, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read (capt), Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Samuel Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. Replacements: James Parsons, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Seta Tamanivalu. Cheap Custom Canadiens Jersey . Argentina winger Ezequiel Lavezzi and France midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored, with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic setting up both despite having a poor game by his high standards. Forward Eduardo gave Ajaccio the lead in the sixth minute after being set up by right winger Benjamin Andre, and the Corsican side looked comfortable in the first half, with the lively Johan Cavalli causing problems with his probing runs from midfield. Custom Canadiens Jerseys . Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play. . -- In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times. Custom Canadiens T-shirts . PETERSBURG, Fla. Jacques Plante Jersey Large . -- Its been a long road back for Sean Bergenheim. The management structure of the National Hockey Leagues expansion Las Vegas franchise is slowly coming into focus as the team announced Tuesday that longtime major junior hockey owner, general manager and coach Kelly McCrimmon has been named assistant GM.The hire is the first for longtime NHL general manager George McPhee who was announced as the Las Vegas teams first GM in mid-July. Although McCrimmon, 55, does not have NHL experience as a manager, his knowledge of the junior hockey world is vast having been with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League since 1988 when he started with the team as an assistant coach before expanding his roles to include head coach, general manager and owner.The Wheat Kings under McCrimmon have become one of the most successful junior franchises in North America. McCrimmon, who played for the Wheat Kings for two seasons, spent four years at the University of Michigan in the early 1980s.dddddddddddd A native of Plenty, Saskatchewan, McCrimmon was named executive of the year in the WHL three times.The as yet unnamed Las Vegas franchise will begin play in 2017-18 and the challenge for McPhee and McCrimmon will be in getting a management/scouting staff in place as quickly as possible to begin the process of assessing talent during the coming season leading into next Junes expansion draft of current NHL players and the teams first entry draft of young players.McCrimmon is the younger brother of longtime NHL defenseman and coach Brad McCrimmon who died in the crash of the Kontinental Hockey Leagues Yaroslavl charter on Sept. 7, 2011. ' ' '