Gallaher Cup - New Zealand v France
Sam Whitelock replaces Brodie Retallick
June 14, 2013
All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick makes his presence felt at training, Wellington, New Zealand, September 6, 2012
Brodie Retallick has been sidelined for at least three weeks © Getty Images

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick will miss the second Test against France at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, having sustained a hamstring injury in training. He has been replaced in the starting side by Sam Whitelock, who was not originally named in the squad for the match.

Retallick, 22, failed to complete an intense session at AMI Stadium on Thursday and was treated with ice to his upper left leg. He expects to be sidelined for three or four weeks, meaning he will also miss the third Test against France in New Plymouth.

Whitelock sat out the first Test with a fractured finger, but he took a full part in Thursday's session and appeared untroubled. He will partner Crusaders teammate Luke Romano on their home ground, with Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush remaining in the reserves.

All Blacks: Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano; Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett. Replacements: Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock, Jeremy Thrush, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Beauden Barrett, Rene Ranger.


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