All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has announced his side to face South Africa at Loftus with four changes to the starting line-up.
The last test of this Championship against South Africa sees just two changes to the forward pack, with 102-Test prop Owen Franks back at tighthead prop and All Blacks Captain Kieran Read returning at number eight. Ofa Tuungafasi moves to the run on reserves. The added duo serves as experience to the team.
In the backs, Aaron Smith returns to the starting halfback spot with TJ Perenara on the bench, while Jack Goodhue who was termed as a traditional centre, has been named at centre for his sixth Test thus taking midfield roles with Sonny Bill Williams. Ryan Crotty is set to provide impact off the bench in the 23 jersey.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Test matches between the All Blacks and Springboks are always intense and dramatic contests, and we expect this weekend will be no different.”
He added that the fact that the All Blacks had won the Investec Rugby Championship last weekend had no bearing on this weekend and they need to respond to South Africa’s real purpose, composure, belief and intensity.
ICYMI | Here is your #AllBlacks 23 to take on the Springboks this weekend.
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