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The All Blacks selectors have wielded the knife as they eye a must-win Bledisloe Cup test against Australia at Eden Park on Saturday, with senior trio Owen Franks, Rieko Ioane and Ben Smith big casualties.
The winners are Nepo Laulala, who replaces Franks at tighthead prop, and inexperienced Crusaders outside back duo George Bridge and Sevu Reece, who replace Ioane and Smith, respectively.
None of the dropped trio are included in the match-day 23, with Jordie Barrett, last sighted against the Pumas in Buenos Aires, included on the reserves bench as outside back cover.
Coaches Steve Hansen and Ian Foster both reinforced the need to remain calm and not panic after the disastrous 47-26 defeat in Perth, virtually a foregone conclusion once Scott Barrett was red-carded at the end of the first half.
But they and fellow selector Grant Fox have clearly felt the need to try something different.
Franks was underwhelming against the Wallabies at Optus Stadium and previously in the drawn test against the Springboks in Wellington, and right wing Ben Smith is clearly not 100 per cent after returning from a hamstring tear suffered while playing for the Highlanders in May.
As for Rieko Ioane, his demotion
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