New Zealand v Wales: third Test – live!

Morning/evening/afternoon/whatever, folks. Like David Cameron, this series is done and dusted. The All Blacks have made anyone who thought they might no longer be the dominant force in world rugby look like a fool while the Welsh, no matter how impressive they might play, have been cannon fodder.

This is not a criticism of Wales. No one expected them to win a match. No one expected them to get within 14 points last week. No one expected them to go in ahead and level respectively in the first two matches. Warrenball is dead, they are being left behind by the likes of England and Ireland, we thought.

But no, Wales have been excellent in their two defeats so far. Now they head to Dunedin, where they will play under a closed roof, with a thrilling counterattacking game that they know can hurt the New Zealand defence. They’ll probably lose and in doing so be whitewashed but, you know, Lions and all that.

Wales make two changes from last week, both at prop with Tomas Francis and Rob Evans coming in. As for New Zealand, Steve Hansen has made five changes to his starting XV. The flanker Elliot Dixon will make his debut while Beauden Barrett, Charlie Faumuina, George Moala and Julian Savea also come into the side.

Kick-off is at 8.35am BST, or 7.35pm local time. These are your teams.

New Zealand

Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, George Moala, Ryan Crotty, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Elliot Dixon, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (capt).
Replacements: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Luke Romano, Liam Squire, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Lima Sopoaga, Waisake Naholo.

Wales

Rhys Patchell, Liam Williams, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Hallam Amos, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Rob Evans, Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Ross Moriarty, Sam Warburton (capt), Taulupe Faletau.
Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Aaron Jarvis, Samson Lee, Jake Ball, Ellis Jenkins, Gareth Davies, Rhys Priestland, Scott Williams.


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