TRC Rd 4: Hansen Makes Two Changes for Boks Test

15 Sep 2016
TRC Rd 4: Hansen Makes Two Changes for Boks Test

The match day 23 features just two changes from the team that played Argentina last weekend: Ardie Savea comes in for the injured Sam Cane in the starting 7 jersey, with Matt Todd coming into the 23 as loose forward cover; while Lima Sopoaga comes into the match day 23, replacing Aaron Cruden, who has a groin strain.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: "We're really looking forward to Saturday's encounter, as South Africa is one of our traditional foes.  We have built up a great relationship over the last few years and respect the South Africans immensely."

"We know they'll be hurting and desperate to get a result after their loss on the weekend.  Therefore, our personal preparation this week will have to be at the highest level - bone deep with real clarity," he added.

"We've worked hard this week on improving in the areas we felt weren't good enough last weekend.  We're confident that those areas have been addressed and our performance will be improved.

"Whilst we have been reasonably happy with our three games to date in the Investec Rugby Championship, we are always striving for improvement and with South Africa having their backs to the wall, we know nothing but our best will be good enough.  Accuracy with intensity will be paramount."

1. Joe Moody (16)

2. Dane Coles (42)

3. Owen Franks (83)

4. Brodie Retallick (53)

5. Samuel Whitelock (78)

6. Jerome Kaino (72)

7. Ardie Savea (5)

8. Kieran Read - captain (90)

9. Aaron Smith (53)

10. Beauden Barrett (42)

11. Julian Savea (46)

12. Ryan Crotty (20)

13. Malakai Fekitoa (18)

14. Israel Dagg (54)

15. Ben Smith (54)

16. Codie Taylor (6)

17. Wyatt Crockett (51)

18. Charlie Faumuina (39)

19. Luke Romano (25)

20. Matt Todd (3)

21. TJ Perenara (22)

22. Lima Sopoaga (2) 

23. Anton Lienert-Brown (2)