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Kiwis coach Brian McClennan has made several changes to his side for Saturday?s Test Match against Great Britain in Christchurch.
Two of the changes have been forced, with wing Shontayne Hape and centre Steve Matai ruled out due to injuries picked up in the 20-15 loss to Australia in Melbourne last Saturday. Tame Tupou has been named to replace Hape, with the experienced Nigel Vagana moving from five-eighth to centre and Jerome Ropati partnering Stacey Jones in the halves.
Frank Pritchard will also replace Tony Puletua, who has been released due to a family issue.
Nathan Fien has been elevated to starting hooker with Jason Cayless joining his brother Nathan on the bench. Motu Tony has also been listed as a reserve, pushing robust prop Adam Blair to 18th man.
New Zealand: Brent Webb, Tame Tupou, Iosia Soliola, Nigel Vagana, Manu Vatuvei, Jerome Ropati, Stacey Jones, Ruben Wiki (c), Nathan Fien, Roy Asotasi David Kidwell, Frank Pritchard, Simon Mannering Interchange: Motu Tony, Nathan Cayless, Jason Cayless, David Fa?alogo 18th man: Adam Blair