All Blacks trio to miss France Test

Steve Hansen will be forced to make changes for New Zealand's Test against France on Saturday after Sam Cane and Ben Smith were ruled out due to injury, while Patrick Tuipulotu is to fly home for personal reasons.

The All Blacks gained revenge for their defeat in Chicago by beating Ireland 21-9 in Dublin on Saturday, but that victory came at a cost.

Flanker Cane suffered a sprained ankle and full-back Smith broke his finger, so the duo will play no part in the world champions' final game of their tour in Paris.

Lock Tuipulotu, who started the rout of Italy but did not feature against Joe Schmidt's men, will also play no part against Les Bleus.

All Blacks head coach Hansen said there would be no need to call for replacements.

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