November 05, 2021
  Follow @ Twitter

Bower, Sotutu, Reece to start against Italy

Three Fijians George Bower, Hoskins Sotutu and Sevu Reece will start for the All Blacks against Italy in their second Northern tour Test on Sunday.

Reece came off the New Zealand bench and scored a try in their 104-14 victory over the USA Eagles last week.

Bower will start at prop and Blues NO.8 Sotutu will start at 8 after missing out last week’s selection.

Sam Cane will captain the side in the seven jersey.                                                                                                  

George Bridge is on the left wing, Sevu Reece is on the right and Damian McKenzie is at fullback.

All Blacks Head Coach Ian Foster told “We’ve had a great week here in Rome. We are ready and prepared for this weekend.”

The All Blacks and Italy have played each other 15 times since 1979, with the last Test at Stadio Olimpico in 2018.  The All Blacks won 66 – 3.

The All Blacks vs Italy match will kick off at 1am at Stadium Olimpico in Rome on Saturday.

All Blacks: George Bower, Dane Coles, Tyrel Lomax, Tupou Vaa’I, Josh Lord, Luke Jacobson, Sam Cane – captain, Hoskins Sotutu, Brad Weber, Richie Mo’unga, George Bridge, Quinn Tupaea, Braydon Ennor, Sevu Reece, Damian McKenzie

Reserves: Asafo Aumua, Ethan de Groot, Ofa Tuungafasi, Samuel Whitelock, Shannon Frizell, Finlay Christie, David Havili, Jordie Barrett

By Romeka Romena


Post a Comment
Bookmark and Share


Posted Comments
No comments, but you can post the first comment!



Kumar wants Ba coaching role
Former national midfielder Ronil Kumar, who guided Ba to win the 2022 Pacific Community Cup over the weekend, is eager to coach the side in the 2023 football season.
Fiji and NZ's return will boost comp: Hayes
Australia women’s assistant captain Demi Hayes believes the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series will be interesting with the return of Fiji and New Zealand.
Cyclone Winston moves towards Tonga
Category 2 Tropical Cyclone Winston is moving away from the Lau group and towards Tonga.
Obama unveils gun violence proposals
President Barack Obama today demanded an assault weapons ban and universal background checks for gun buyers, stoking a generational clash with the firearms lobby after the Newtown school massacre.
Afghan street kid heads for the Oscars red carpet
An Afghan street kid is off to Hollywood and the red-carpet treatment at the Oscars -- a fairytale ending to a chance encounter that led to a starring role in a movie.
Online registration for foreign investors
Fiji will soon launch online registration and approvals system for foreign investors.