Cape Town - All Blacks flank Matt Todd believes the variation in laws
that he had been exposed to in the Mitre 10 Cup won't hamper him in
Saturday's Test with South Africa.
Todd, who is starting ahead of Ardie Savea in Durban, said the
majority of his rugby had been played under the laws applied at Test
level and was looking forward to enjoying getting back to the old habits
as opposed to the new ones required of the law trials in New Zealand's
"It is a little different but I don't think it will be a big deal," he told the All Blacks' official website.
"I probably prefer these laws so happy to be back playing them."
The 28-year-old said it would be good to play under skipper Kieran
Read because he knew his game having played with him so much for the
Todd said he had been in and out of the team environment enough that he was comfortable with everyone in the side.
He was looking forward to playing alongside Jerome Kaino who was a very physical, and dominating, player.
Meanwhile, AllBlacks lock Sam Whitelock said he was feeling 'nice and
energised' after coming off the bench last weekend against Argentina
and he also couldn't wait to play.
The retirement of Victor Matfield had left a big hole for South
Africa to fill but his replacements had stepped up and had put their own
spin on the role and were starting to grow as a combination.
"I think if you look at how those guys have been playing throughout
the Super Rugby and the Championship they are really evolving their game
and bounce off each other really well so that's something Brodie
[Retallick] and I have to confront early and make sure we stay on top of
it the whole game," said Whitelock.
South Africa had an 'awesome' lineout for so many years, even from
the pre-lifting days, and the All Blacks had worked very hard to counter
that and there were still a lot of things to develop and get better at
but they were happy with how they were doing at the moment.
"But we're always trying to push it and grow that area of our game," he added.
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
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
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
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