New Zealand announce team for Aviva Stadium rematch
November 17, 2016 12:23 pm client
The front row remains unchanged from the first Test in Chicago, with props Joe Moody,Owen Franks and hooker Dane Coles retained.
The front eight has been bolstered by the return of senior locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock.
Captain Kieran Read returns at number 8, while last week’s skipper against Italy, Sam Cane, is alongside him in the number 7 jersey for his 40th Test.
“It’s great we get an opportunity to play them again”@samcane7 looks forward to this weekend’s rematch with @IrishRugby#IREvNZL pic.twitter.com/cNWH4CiJFU
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) November 17, 2016
Regular blindside flanker Jerome Kaino has been ruled out with a mild calf strain, so Liam Squire will make his third start in eight Test appearances.
Aaron Smith and Beauden Barrett will start their eighth Test of 2016 as the All Blacks’ half-back pairing, while centres Anton Lienert-Brown and Malakai Fekitoa, who touched down twice in Rome, will play their second successive international together in midfield.
Ben Smith is at full-back and Israel Dagg on the right wing for what will be the 60th Test for both players, with Julian Savea in his regular left wing position.
The replacements bench comprises of forwards Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett (in his third Test of the tour) and Ardie Savea, with TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden and Waisake Naholo selected as the reserve backs.
Ahead of the game, New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen said: “As expected, there is huge excitement and anticipation within our squad ahead of this weekend’s Test against the Irish. While there was obvious disappointment at the loss in Chicago, disappointment doesn’t win Test matches – it’s about having great preparation and attitude, and delivering on the day.
“We know the challenge we face from Ireland will again be massive and we are going into the game as the underdogs. They’ll be full of confidence and committed to delivering on their home patch.
“So we will have to take a massive step up to get the performance we are looking for. It is a challenge that this team needs right now and how we respond will tell us a lot about ourselves. As I said, we are very much looking forward to Saturday.”
New Zealand Team & Replacements (v Ireland, Guinness Series 2016, Aviva Stadium, Saturday, 19th November, kick-off 5.30pm)
15. Ben Smith (Otago/Highlanders) 59
14. Israel Dagg (Hawke’s Bay/Crusaders) 59
13. Malakai Fekitoa (Auckland/Highlanders) 22
12. Anton Lienert-Brown (Waikato/Chiefs) 6
11. Julian Savea (Wellington/Hurricanes) 50
10. Beauden Barrett (Taranaki/Hurricanes) 47
9. Aaron Smith (Manawatu/Highlanders) 56
1. Joe Moody (Canterbury/Crusaders) 22
2. Dane Coles (Wellington/Hurricanes) 47
3. Owen Franks (Canterbury/Crusaders) 88
4. Brodie Retallick (Bay of Plenty/Chiefs) 58
5. Sam Whitelock (Canterbury/Crusaders) 82
6. Liam Squire (Tasman/Highlanders) 7
7. Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty/Chiefs) 39
8. Kieran Read (Canterbury/Crusaders) (capt) 95
16. Codie Taylor (Canterbury/Crusaders) 13
17. Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury/Crusaders) 56
18. Charlie Faumuina (Auckland/Blues) 44
19. Scott Barrett (Canterbury/Crusaders) 2
20. Ardie Savea (Wellington/Hurricanes) 10
21. TJ Perenara (Wellington/Hurricanes) 27
22. Aaron Cruden (Manawatu/Chiefs) 45
23. Waisake Naholo (Taranaki/Highlanders) 10