Rugby Championship

Powerful All Black team named to face Boks

2016-10-06 07:01
Steve Hansen (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named his team for Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against the Springboks in Durban (17:05 kick-off).

The match-day 23 features several changes to the side which beat Argentina in Buenos Aires last weekend.

Up front, lock Sam Whitelock moves from the bench to the starting lock position (No 5), replacing Patrick Tuipulotu; loose forward Jerome Kaino is back in the No 6, with Liam Squire moving to the bench.

Matt Todd takes over the No 7 jersey from Ardie Savea, who also moves to the bench. Charlie Faumuina replaces Ofa Tu'ungafasi as one of the substitute props.

In the backline, wing Waisake Naholo returns to the match-day 23 replacing Julian Savea in the No 11 jersey. George Moala is the only other backs change in the match-day 23, coming in for Damian McKenzie on the bench.

"The selectors believe we have picked a strong combination for this Test. We've been able to bring fresh players back into the group which is vital at this time of the year and allows us to continue to grow some depth," Hansen told the All Blacks' official website.

"We are especially looking forward to this game as any Test match against South Africa is seen as one of the matches of the season. We're expecting to be facing a very confident South African team after their win over Australia, and a torrid battle against our traditional foe. We're expecting them to throw the kitchen sink at us," Hansen said.

"We've had a well-planned preparation this week, with the aim of ensuring that we have a full tank come Saturday, and also clarity in our game so that we can bring our own physicality and intensity to the contest."

Meanwhile, scrumhalf Aaron Smith was not considered after being suspended over a toilet tryst with a woman at a busy airport


South Africa


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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