Rugby Championship

A future at No 9 for All Blacks' McKenzie?

2016-10-08 11:03
Damian McKenzie (Getty Images)
Cape Town - New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has revealed that the prospect of Damian McKenzie playing scrumhalf isn't out of the question.

McKenzie, who impressed for the Chiefs at fullback in Super Rugby this year, made his international bow against Argentina last weekend.

He hasn't been included in the match-day 23 against South Africa, however, with Hansen saying he is considering all options with McKenzie.

"Look I'd like to see him play 10 before he starts playing nine," Hansen told TVNZ ahead of the Rugby Championship match in Durban as New Zealand look to make it 17 straight wins. "If he gets that part of his job right then we might think about playing him at nine."

Hansen admitted that McKenzie has been familiarising himself with the scrumhalf role in training in what would be an interesting switch.

Saturday’s Springbok-All Black Test in Durban is scheduled for 17:05.

Teams:

South Africa

15 Pat Lambie, 14 Francois Hougaard, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Jaco Kriel, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Willie le Roux

New Zealand

15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Waisake Naholo, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody

Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Liam Squire, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 George Moala

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