Rugby

All Blacks braced for a battle upfront

───   MORGAN PIEK 11:56 Fri, 05 Aug 2022

All Blacks braced for a battle upfront | News Article
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The All Blacks are expecting nothing less than a tough day at the office when they square up against the Springboks in Nelspruit on Saturday in the Rugby Championship.

The All Blacks will be looking to return to winning ways following back-to-back defeats to Ireland, while also extending their unbeaten run in South Africa that is going on eight years.

The New Zealanders named a new-look front-row for the Test, while an experienced second-row combination will be fielded.

All Blacks coach, Ian Foster, said it was important to select settled combinations in the tight-five.

“I just felt that the combination works if you have a look at Angus and Samisoni.

“With the two locks there is also a bit of combination there with Scooter returning and playing with Sammy Whitelock.

“We also had a good look at where Akira was - we liked his work last year. He had a bad foot in that Irish series, but came right for that last Test.

“We actually felt that he did some really good things in that series, but there are some areas to improve.”

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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