August 12, 2021
Fijian Crusaders winger Sevu Reece will shift to left wing while prop George Bower retains spot in the All Blacks second Bledisloe Cup match against the Wallabies at Eden Park on Saturday.
The All Blacks selectors have gone with the same forward pack named to start the first Bledisloe Cup Test, with hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho coming onto the reserves bench for Dane Coles, and Scott Barrett also returning as reserve lock.
In the backs, Rieko Ioane moves to centre, replacing Anton Lienert-Brown, who took a knock to his knee on the weekend.
Reece moves to the left wing and Will Jordan comes in on the right wing. Halfback TJ Perenara also returns to the All Blacks matchday 23, as halfback reserve.
All Blacks Head Coach Ian Foster told allblacks.com there was huge motivation amongst the team ahead of this weekend.
“We’re all excited to be returning to Eden Park for the second Bledisloe Cup Test. It’s been a very ‘forward looking’ week. We were delighted with the result last weekend and obviously had some things that we had to work on this week so that has kept us focussed.”
Hooker Codie Taylor will be playing his 60th Test on the weekend, Brodie Retallick his 85th and TJ Perenara his 70th.
The All Blakcs vs Wallabies match will kick off at 7.05pm on Saturday.
All Blacks: George Bower, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Samuel Whitelock (captain), Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Ardie Savea, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo’unga, Sevu Reece, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Will Jordan, Damian McKenzie
Reserved: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Angus Ta’avao, Scott Barrett, Luke Jacobson, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett
By Romeka Romena