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Boks settled for revamped All Blacks

Allister Coetzee has again opted for consistency in selection while Steve Hansen has gone for squad rotation in making seven changes to the side that beat Argentina.

The Springboks, unbeaten in six Tests this season, have restored lock Franco Mostert to the starting line-up ahead of Pieter-Stef du Toit. The other two changes are injury enforced with Jaco Kriel and Coenie Oosthuizen having returned to South Africa.

Coetzee has not tampered with his back division at all.

The All Blacks have gone for a similar look to the starting XV that beat Australia in Dunedin.

Damian McKenzie remains at No 15 and Beauden Barrett at flyhalf. Nehe Milner-Shudder switches from the left wing to the right to accommodate Rieko Ioane and Ryan Crotty is back to partner Sonny Bill Williams in the midfield.

Sam Cane, Liam Square and Sam Whitlock all return to the starting XV and Kane Hames starts at loosehead prop.


New Zealand

15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Squire, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Kane Hames

Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

South Africa

15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Raymond Rhule, 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Uzair Cassiem, 7. Jean-Luc du Preez, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Trevor Nyakane, 19. Lood de Jager, 20. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21. Francois Hougaard, 22. Handré Pollard, 23. Damian de Allende

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One thought on “Boks settled for revamped All Blacks

  1. cab says:

    It’s a good side but PSDT should’ve gone to blindside with Jan Luc to 8.

    If the Boks go out to play rugby, rather than just to contain, then they can win this.

    But If they start tentatively like v oz last week, and revert to 2016 conservative tactics, they gonna get pumped.

    You can’t keep the ABs out. Defend yes, that’s a given but you must also score tires and play rugby (like Oz did). Take it to them.

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