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All Blacks team named ahead of rematch with hungry Springboks

All Blacks team named ahead of rematch with hungry Springboks
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The New Zealand team has been named to take on South Africa in Cape Town this Saturday, with the five All Blacks who arrived early all having been named in the matchday 23. The visitors will be looking to maintain the same kind of form that saw them win 57-0 in Albany.

Samuel Whitelock returns to the second row alongside Scott Barrett, Liam Squire is at blindside flanker and Sam Cane is at openside, with Matt Todd moving to the bench.

In the backs, Ryan Crotty has been named at centre, while Nehe Milner-Skudder is on the right wing. Tawera Kerr-Barlow has been named at reserve halfback while Lima Sopoaga provides additional back cover alongside David Havili.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “We’ve settled in well in Cape Town this week. However, our preparation has been different because of the need to recover well from all the travel.

“This has meant that there’s been less time on the park and an even greater emphasis than normal on the mental side of our preparation. As always, getting real clarity of our roles and how we want to play has been key.”

NEW ZEALAND:

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

Replacements: 16. Codie Taylor, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19. Patrick Tuipulotu, 20. Matt Todd, 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22. Lima Sopoaga, 23. David Havili

KEY NOTES:

  • The All Blacks and South Africa have played each other 94 times, with 56 wins to the All Blacks, 35 to South Africa and three draws.
  • This will be the tenth time the All Blacks have played South Africa at Newlands.  The last match there was in 2008, which the All Blacks won 19-0. South Africa have won eight of their last 10 Tests there.
  • The All Blacks have scored 49 tries this year, so the next one makes 50 – and that will be the 13th time this century. It is ten years since any other team has reached 50 tries.
  • The All Blacks won The Rugby Championship in 2012 – 2014 and again in 2016 and 2017, have held the Freedom Cup (played between New Zealand and South Africa) since 2010 and the Bledisloe Cup (played between New Zealand and Australia) since 2003.

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  • Hoor hoor !

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  •  canafrikaaner
    canafrikaaner

    Absolutely. "White privilege" has become a tool of neo-racism. Humans of all ethnicity have done some pretty horrible things in the past, here is to hoping that we will do some great things in the future.

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  •  reality
    reality

    The reality is that people have selective vision when it comes to discrimination. If it's black people, women, or Muslims who suffer, people take to the streets to protest. If it's white people or Christians though it's not really fashionable, because white people and Christians are traditionally the ones with power and were traditionally the aggressors, so it's not really cool to care about them.

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  •  drg
    drg

    I don't think people are relishing a victory against a shite bok team... Most real fans will feel somewhat cheated out of a proper contest. If I was ever given the personal chance to face the AB's, I'd rather face the real deal, not some watered down version, regardless of the scoreline! Same applies to the boks... Well, in some manner, I get the impression I'd struggle to find the remnants of my teeth and my knee caps after facing a true bok team...but that's another topic...

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  •  canafrikaaner
    canafrikaaner

    The problem is systemic, the government is more corrupt now than ever. Itll take international intervention like when they had trade bans and were not allowed at the olympics (because of racial segregation) to change anything. If you are at all interested, look up whats happening to the Afrikaans people in south africa these days. Murdered, raped, jobs given away etc... rugby is the tip of the iceberg

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  • Back in the day, when the Springboks beat pretty much all comers, every guy and his dog had an opinion about this. You'd think that in this day and age of social media it should be a breeze to get the message out there and get something done about it. But no, people are too happy to watch their teams rack up some wins against the former powerhouse.

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  •  drg
    drg

    ...I think you'll find most of the rugby lovers world is against the political interference...probably just the right people with the right voice who aren't speaking up...

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  • As long as the rest of the world is willing to turn a blind eye to the political interference (something the former IRB and now World rugby is against, apparently) in South African rugby, the slide of the Springboks will continue. Where are all our British and NZ friends who were so outspoken against the very same thing 40 years ago?

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  • - 15 straight years with the Bledisloe Cup. - 7 straight years with the Freedom Cup. - 7 of the last 10 Tri Nations / Rugby Championship Titles (15 out of 22 overall). The idea that a gulf has recently formed between the All Blacks and Aus / SA needs revisiting. The gulf has always been there, with only temporary breaks.

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