All Blacks squad named for Springboks’ second Test


Desperate All Blacks manager Ian Foster trusted Richie Mo’unga while benching two-time World Player of the Year Beauden Barrett to face the Springboks.

Barrett injured his neck in a spectacular crash last weekend, earning Kurt-Lee Arendse a four-week ban after being shown a red card in Africa’s 26-10 win from South.

But the five-eighth was cleared to play and was named to the New Zealand bench as Crusaders maestro Mo’unga gets his first Test start of the season at Ellis Park.

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“Conviction and confidence remain high in our group, which is working incredibly hard this week,” Foster said.

“Playing at Ellis Park is always a special occasion for any All Black team, and this weekend will be no different.

“On top of that, the Freedom Cup is on the line, making it a challenge everyone is looking forward to.”

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The All Blacks have lost three consecutive Tests and slumped to an all-time low of fifth in the world rankings.

Reports from New Zealand suggest Foster is likely to quit if the Kiwis lose again in the intimidating South African rugby bastion (AEST) on Sunday.

In other changes, Foster revamped his front line with promoted props Ethan de Groot and Tyrel Lomax in place of George Bower and Angus Ta’avao, who had a torrid time scrambling in the first test.

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Shannon Frizell, a try scorer last weekend, has also been injected into the starting line-up in place of blind-flanking Akira Ioane, while Crusaders stalwart Fletcher Newell is set to make his debut on the bench.

All Blacks great Mils Muliaina told Stan Sport Rugby heaven he couldn’t see New Zealand winning in Johannesburg, but Andrew Mehrtens and Morgan Turinui gave the tourists a chance.

“After rewatching the game, it wasn’t really gloomy,” Mehrtens said.

“There was a lot of good play last weekend. But the lack of skill level was a bit unusual for the All Blacks.”

Turinui said if there was one team you would want to win at Ellis Park, it would be the All Blacks.

“I think they are a live chance,” said Turinui.

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“They still don’t face that rushing defense but I don’t think it would take much for the All Blacks to bounce back hard.”

Meanwhile, the Springboks were forced into a late switch after hooker Bongi Mbonambi suffered a knee injury in training.

Joseph Dweba will only start his third Test instead with last weekend’s remarkable Malcolm Marx poised to wreak havoc from the bench.

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“We have an important rugby league tour coming up and a year-end tour later, so we don’t want to take any chances with Bongi,” Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber said.

“Joseph has worked hard in training and he is patiently waiting for his chance, and we think it doesn’t get any better than playing the All Blacks, who are one of the best teams in the world.

“He and Ox (Nche) have played nearly 100 first-class games together, and they know each other well on and off the pitch, having played together since school level…we think their familiarity will give us the best chance. in this area. match.”

SPRINGBOKS (15-1): Damian Willemse, Jesse Kriel, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Jaden Hendrikse, Duane Vermeulen, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (c), Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Joseph Dweba, Beef niche

Reservations: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese, Kwagga Smith, Hershel Jantjies, Willie le Roux

ALL BLACKS (15-1): Jordie Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Ardie Savea, Sam Cane (c), Shannon Frizell, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Tyrel Lomax, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ethan by Groot

Reservations: Codie Taylor, George Bower, Fletcher Newell, Tupou Vaa’i, Akira Ioane, Finlay Christie, Beauden Barrett, Quinn Tupaea

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