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World Cup Rugby Preview – Wales can expect backlash from All Blacks

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In the Rugby World Cup this is the one test match no player or coach wants to play in.

All the hard work of the past four years and effort that was put in ended for such team playing in this test.

It is that saying so close but yet so far that hurst the most and this time around it will be New Zealand and Wales that will have to stand up from a semi-final loss to play for the third best spot in the tournament.

For some players and coaches it is a test to say goodbye and leave the game at the highest level on the best possible note but normally these games are not the best spectacles.

The All Blacks coach Steven Hansen will also be one of the people saying goodbye and he has made a few changes to the side that lost against England last weekend.

All-in-All he decided to make eight changes to his run-on side.

They have three players that will retire after this test in Kieran Read, Sonny Bill Williams and Ben Smith.
Smith and Rieko Ioane will start on the wings inplace off Reece and Bridge. Williams will partner with Crotty in the midfield.
In the pack Hansen went with Read, Cane and Fritzell as his loose forward combination for this test match against Wales with Scott Barrett and Whitelock packing down in the second row.
We also see Dane Coles in at hooker over Taylor for this test.
Hansen said: “This was a tough team to select because, as always, everyone wanted to play. But with a short turnaround and the nature of the Tournament, we feel that this is the right team for this occasion.

“There’s been alot of external talk around this being the game that no one wants to play. However, from our point of view, we can’t wait to play it.

Wales coach Gatland is also saying goodbye to Wales in his final test as head coach.

He decided to make nine changes to his side that lost against the Springboks.

Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis come into the starting side in the front-row to join Ken Owens, with Adam Beard returning to the starting line-up to partner captain Alun Wyn Jones at lock.

James Davies comes into the back-row alongside Justin Tipuric and Ross Moriarty.

Tomos Williams and Rhys Patchell form the new half-back combination whilst Owen Watkin will partner with Jonathan Davies in the midfield.

Josh Adams, who currently leads the try-scoring charts at the Rugby World Cup, remains in the back three with Owen Lane coming in on the other wing and Hallam Amos at full-back.

These test are difficult to predict because coaches makes so many changes due to the short turnaround from the semi-finals.

The All Blacks have a proud record against the Welsh and they will not want to give that up and the whole week they have been talking about the pride in the jersey and giving back to the players that came before them.

The All Blacks are hurting. Being the best side in the world for four years just to get knocked out in a semi-final will not sit nicely with any New Zealander and even more so with the current players in the squad.

We expect two teams that will come out and play some rugby, throwing the ball around and score tries. The All Blacks have a point too proof and for me Wales are in for a hiding to nothing come Friday.

Prediction: All Blacks by 20+


Wales: 15 Hallam Amos, 14 Owen Lane, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Tomos Williams, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 James Davies, 6 Justin Tipuric, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (c), 4 Adam Beard 3 Dillon Lewis 2 Ken Owens 1 Nicky Smith
Replacements: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Wyn Jones, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Aaron Shingler, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Hadleigh Parkes

New Zealand: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Matt Todd, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Anton Lienert-Brown, 23 Jordie Barrett