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Foster pick strong team for 100th Test against Boks


All Black coach Ian Foster has selected a strong side to face the Springboks in this weekend Rugby Championship test match which is also the two rugby nations 100th test match.

He said to the media there was some difficult decisions when he finalised the team.

He Brough eight players in who did not play in last weekend test against Argentina.

Although the All Blacks have in all respect already won the Championship, a win over the Springboks this weekend will ensure that they take the trophy away from the Springboks who won it in 2019.

Foster went with the impressive Jacobson at number eight for this weekend. He has been playing some good rugby and will surely make an impact against the Springboks trio.

Foster has revamped his forward pack, bringing in six fresh faces, as the New Zealanders brace for the usual vigorous work-out by the South Africans.

Only loosehead prop Joe Moody and Savea remain from last weekend.

Foster said Papalii missed selection because he was still nursing a high hamstring strain.

In the backline Jordie Barrett has done enough to keep his spot at fullback, picked ahead of Damian McKenzie who started at first five-eighth last weekend.

Anton Lienert-Brown, also sidelined with a hamstring strain, has not been named with Rieko Ioane at centre and David Havili at second-five. Beauden Barrett returns to take over the No 10 jersey.

The reserves bench, notably, contains loose forward Ethan Blackadder, who had a storming game last weekend.

The back three sees also changes with Barrett at fullback and Bridge and Jordan on the wings. In the midfield he went with Ioane and Havili who has been a good combination for the men in black. Beauden Barrett is back again at ten this week and he will partner with Perenara as the halfback combination.

In the pack Savea and Ioane join Jacobson as the loose trio with Scott Barrett and Retallick in the second row. Laulala, Taylor and Moody will start in the front row.

As always the All Blacks have a quality bench with the likes of Blackadder, McKenzie and Tupaea amongst the reserves.

Foster has said early in the week, although the Springboks brings a different kind of challenge, they will still stick to their game that has worked for them over the years.

New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 George Bridge, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Ardie Savea (captain), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Quinn Tupaea.

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