All Blacks name team to face Boks
Steve Hansen said this weekend is shaping up to be another classic All Blacks-Springboks Test match.
JOHANNESBURG -The All Blacks team to play South Africa in their final Rugby Championship match in Johannesburg this weekend has been named.
The starting XV features just two injury-enforced changes. Prop Joe Moody will make his first Test start, coming in for Wyatt Crockett, while lock Jeremy Thrush gets his second start against South Africa this year, replacing Brodie Retallick.
On the reserves bench, Dane Coles returns after re-joining the team in South Africa following the birth of his son, with Charlie Faumuina, Steven Luatua and Liam Messam also coming onto the bench.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said this weekend is shaping up to be another classic All Blacks-Springboks Test match.
"Even though we have won the Rugby Championship, this is the game we always look forward to playing each year. It's a massive challenge which will be spurred on by a huge amount of personal and team pride.
"This group has always believed that enhancing the legacy of the All Blacks is one of its overriding responsibilities, so we will be looking to put in another quality performance on the park."
Joe Moody, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Jeremy Thrush, Samuel Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (captain), Kieran Read, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg.
Dane Coles, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Steven Luatua, Liam Messam, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Colin Slade, Ryan Crotty.