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Hansen's Replacements

The use of just 7 replacements during the weekend test match against Argentina was the first occasion in almost 4 years where the All Blacks have not elected to clear their bench. For the last 43 tests all 8 subs have earnt test match caps. During the 2015 World Cup the All Blacks elected, on three occasions, to not use all 23 players. But since the middle of the 2014 Rugby Championship it has become standard practice to clear the bench. So the coach's claims that playing Josh Ioane in that environment may have done him harm seems a bit disingenuous, or they have had a change of heart.
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