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Read wants instant impact from AB rookies

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/06/2016 Daniel Gilhooly

Kieran Read of New Zealand, right, celebrates with Aaron Cruden after scoring against Wales in the 1st International Rugby test match between the New Zealand and Wales at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, June 11, 2016 © Ross Setford/AAP Kieran Read of New Zealand, right, celebrates with Aaron Cruden after scoring against Wales in the 1st International Rugby test match between the New Zealand and Wales at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand, June 11, 2016 The new faces in the All Blacks have no excuse not to hit the ground running against Wales in Dunedin.

That's the stark message from captain Kieran Read, who expects his three new caps and other inexperienced teammates to produce seamless output in the third Test on Saturday.

Starting flanker Elliot Dixon has played Super Rugby for six seasons, while new bench forwards Liam Squire and Ofa Tu'ungafasi are also seasoned at that level.

One-Test centre George Moala is the same, with none of the foursome aged under 24.

"They've been on the scene for a while, so they're pretty experienced in their prep," Read said.

"They know what to do, but they're also excited, the guys who have got an opportunity.

"It's a really nice mix."

Read has kept a close eye on loose forward partner Dixon, who is expected to provide a more athletic presence than seasoned hard man Jerome Kaino, who is being rested.

Read doesn't want the newcomer to change what has worked so well during his last two standout seasons of Super Rugby.

"He's fitted in really well. He's in a similar mould to JK in terms of his abrasiveness," he said.

"I've certainly faced that from him at the Highlanders, and this week he'll bring a lot of physicality, I'm sure."

With Kaino and prop Owen Franks omitted, Read is the only member of New Zealand's 23 to have lost a Test on home soil, seven years ago.

Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins doesn't expect the changes to provide an All Blacks weakness.

Their focus has been on fixing the sort of second-half mistakes that helped New Zealand run up 26 points in the space of 15 minutes in the second Test in Wellington.

He says his team's inability to play out 80 minutes has been the biggest lesson of their gruelling visit.

"Hopefully, these boys can bottle what's gone on this last month and take it back with them to their regions or their clubs," he said.

"We've caused the All Blacks problems and scored some good tries. If we keep doing what we're doing, I have no doubts we can be thereabouts."

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