Cape Town - All Black coach Steve Hansen says
his players are relishing the prospect of facing the Springboks in Johannesburg
The All Blacks lost to the Boks there last
year, after a late long-range penalty from Pat Lambie, and will be eager to
regain revenge on their old rivals.
"This is a massive Test for us and one
the whole group is looking forward to,” Hansen said at a press conference on Thursday. "It doesn't get much bigger or better than playing South Africa at Ellis Park.
Both teams have a massive amount of respect for each other, both on and off the
"We know that we will have to step up
again this week from our performance against Argentina. Though we were happier
with our game last weekend, there is a genuine desire to take it up a level.
The Springboks will be desperate after their loss last week and we will have to
better that desperation with our own urgency, intensity and accuracy in the
execution of our game and skill-sets."
Hansen named flyhalf Lima Sopoaga and lock
James Broadhurst in his starting line-up and the duo will make their Test
Sopoaga comes in for Dan Carter at flyhalf,
while Broadhurst takes over from Luke Romano in the second row.
In other changes to the starting XV, Dane
Coles comes in at hooker with Liam Messam at blindside flank.
In the backline, Aaron Smith returns to
start at scrumhalf, while Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith are back in midfield.
Ben Smith is named on the right wing, as
Hansen continues his desire to give Israel Dagg more game time at fullback.
On the bench, Ben Franks comes in as
reserve prop alongside Wyatt Crockett, Codie Taylor retains the reserve hooker
jersey, Sam Whitelock is reserve lock, with Victor Vito covering the loose
TJ Perenara is reserve scrumhalf, with
Beauden Barrett and Malakai Fekitoa the other backline reserves.
Broadhurst and Sopoaga will be surrounded
by a hugely experienced All Blacks side, with the starting forward pack
boasting exactly 500 Test caps experience, with a further 320 caps in the
starting backline and 217 on the bench.
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash is scheduled
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13
Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ruan
Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger (captain), 7 Francois Louw, 6 Heinrich Brussow, 5 Lood
de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor
Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Cobus
Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Lionel Mapoe
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad
Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8
Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 James Broadhurst, 4
Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt
Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Sam Whitelock, 20 Victor Vito, 21 TJ Perenara, 22
Beauden Barrett, 23 Malakai Fekitoa