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Steve Hansen will not be wrapping his players in cotton wool ahead of the Rugby World Cup, with the All Blacks coach confirming he will give his core group a run against Tonga in their final match ahead of the global showpiece.

The All Blacks, who name their 31-man World Cup squad on Aug. 28, play the Pacific Islanders in Hamilton on Sept. 7 before facing South Africa in their opening Pool B clash two weeks later.

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