Ben Smith Bledisloe Cup: All Blacks name Ardie Savea to No 6 in shock move

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The All Blacks team to face Australia in Perth in the first of two Bledisloe Cup matches.

The All Blacks have made the huge decision to name Ardie Savea at No 6 in a dramatic move on the eve of the Rugby World Cup.

Despite speculation that Kieran Read would be shifted to the side of the scrum, coach Steve Hansen has kept his captain at No 8 in a revamped All Blacks side to face the Wallabies in the first Bledisloe Cup test in Perth on Saturday.

Ben Smith Ardie Savea has been given the chance to solve the All Blacks' problem position at No 6.

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Ardie Savea has been given the chance to solve the All Blacks’ problem position at No 6.

Savea will start alongside Read and Sam Cane in the back row, while the much-debated Richie Mo’unga-Beauden Barrett combination at No 10 and No 15 gets another run after a mixed performance against the Springboks.

There is another significant change at No 12, with Anton Lienert-Brown given the chance to see if he can reproduce his Super Rugby form with the Chiefs.

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Dane Coles has also beaten Codie Taylor to the No 2 jersey after a strong cameo against the Springboks a fortnight ago.

However, the major talking point will undoubtedly be the decision to name Savea at No 6.

Savea has played the vast majority of his rugby at No 7 or No 8 and earlier his year Hansen said Cane and Savea would not

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