All Black side named - big change at loose forward

By Jamie Wall

The All Black side that will carry a nation's hopes into their toughest test of the year has been named.

The biggest change for the World Cup semi final against England comes at blindside flanker, where Scott Barrett comes in to replace Sam Cane. The move is clearly one to attempt to disrupt the English lineout, which Barrett had great success against the last time the two sides met at Twickenham last November. English hooker Jamie George struggled with the extra height that Barrett brought to the encounter, which the All Blacks won 16-15.

It also means that Patrick Tuipulotu comes onto the bench as lock cover, with Sam Cane moved back to the replacements. Ardie Savea will start at openside. Other than that, there are no changes to the side that beat Ireland 46-14 at Tokyo Stadium last weekend.

It'll be a special day for hooker Codie Taylor, who will play his 50th test match. The last time these two sides met in a World Cup semi final was in 1995, when Jonah Lomu scored four tries in an iconic All Black performance.

Wales face the Springboks in the other semi final on Sunday night.


The side is:

1. Joe Moody

2. Codie Taylor

3. Nepo Laulala

4. Brodie Retallick

5. Samuel Whitelock

6. Scott Barrett

7. Ardie Savea

8. Kieran Read (c)

9. Aaron Smith

10. Richie Mo'unga

11. George Bridge

12. Anton Lienert-Brown

13. Jack Goodhue

14. Sevu Reece

15. Beauden Barrett


16. Dane Coles

17. Ofa Tuungafasi

18. Angus Ta'avao

19. Patrick Tuipulotu

20. Sam Cane

21. TJ Perenara

22. Sonny Bill Williams

23. Jordie Barrett

Kick off is 11:15pm NZT from Yokohama International Stadium.