Rugby

Clarke named in All Blacks starting XV

───   MORGAN PIEK 12:48 Thu, 04 Aug 2022

Clarke named in All Blacks starting XV | News Article
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The All Blacks have named a new-look front-row for Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against the Springboks in Nelspruit.

Samisoni Taukei’aho has been named at hooker for the Test, while the tighthead prop, Angus Ta’avao, also earns a start.

The front-row replacements Tyrel Lomax and Ethan de Groot have been named in the squad for the first time in the 2022 international season.

In the second row Scott Barrett returns from injury and will play alongside Sam Whitelock.

In the backline, Caleb Clarke has been named on the wing for what will be his first Test since 2020.

Meanwhile, the All Blacks coach, Ian Foster, said they welcome the challenge of playing against the Springboks in South Africa first up.

“What a great way to start this year’s Rugby Championship. It’s always an exciting tournament to be part of,” Foster said.

“This year’s draw means we have a massive challenge of two games here in South Africa.

“We have settled in well in Mbombela and are preparing for what is always an intense game against our old foe.

“Many of our squad are here in South Africa for the first time. This gives us another opportunity to add new experiences and grow our game.”

Saturday’s Test at the Mbombela Stadium kicks off at 17:05.

Springboks - 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Trevor Nyakane.

Replacements - 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Jaden Hendrikse, 23 Willie le Roux.

All Blacks – 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 1 George Bower.

Replacements - 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa'i, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Richie Mo'unga, 23 Quinn Tupaea.

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