In the last NZ Conference match before the international window the Highlanders got their second win of the season over the Blues with a mouthwatering performance in the first half, for the third week in a row the Aucklanders left themselves with too much to do in the second half and paid the price, 38-28 at full time. Only downside of the match is the concussion of Weepu who was stretchered off the pitch early in the first half, meaning he probably won't get much game time, if any at all, against France.
Steve Hansen has announced his squad for the test series starting next week, six new caps among them: http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/8...for-All-Blacks
Hopefully Ben Smith gets a start at fullback next weekend after his performance last night, especially with Dagg just going through the motions at the moment, but I get the feeling he'll just waltz in to his usual number 15 jersey. You only need to perform when you pull on the All Blacks uniform after all