The New Zealand team to face South Africa in the Rugby Championship clash on Saturday has been named.
Steve Hansen has made a number of changes to the team that played in Round One, in Argentina a week ago. Richie Mo’unga will start at first five while Beauden Barrett moves to fullback. T.J Perenara moves into the half-back, Aaron Smith shifts to the bench.
ALL BLACKS TEAM:
FORWARDS: Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Shannon Frizell, Matt Todd, Kieran Read
BACKS: T.J Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Rieko Ioane, Sonny Bill Williams, jack Goodhue, Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett
BENCH: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Vaea Fifita, Dalton Papalii, Aaron Smith, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Bridge
Coach Steve Hansen had this to say, “Its always an exciting occasion to play against the Springboks . We have a lot of respect for them and love playing them, as they bring many challenges to the contest.”