International Rugby

Goodhue fit to face England, tour over for Moody

Jack Goodhue returns to the New Zealand side to play England but Joe Moody will not feature at Twickenham after suffering a gruesome eye injury that has ended his season.

Centre Goodhue has recovered from illness and will start alongside Sonny Bill Williams on Saturday, with Ryan Crotty dropping to the bench.

Moody was ruled out due to a split eyelid suffering in training this week and the prop, who has been recommended to have plastic surgery, is set to be sidelined for six weeks.

Karl Tu’inukuafe gets the nod in the absence of Moody, while Steve Hansen has named two playmakers in his starting line-up: Beauden Barrett at fly-half and Damian McKenzie at full-back.

Dane Coles has been named among the replacements after the hooker made his long-awaited comeback from the start against Japan.

New Zealand: Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Karl Tu’inukuafe, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, Kieran Read (captain).

Replacements:  Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Ryan Crotty. News wire is powered by opta

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