The All Blacks will play just their fifth official test match against the USA on Sunday (8.30am kickoff NZT) as they open their northern tour in Washington DC.
The vastly inexperienced 20-year-old lock has been named in the reserves by All Blacks head coach Ian Foster for the opening match of New Zealand’s end-of-year tour at FedEx Field on Sunday [NZ time].
How to watch All Blacks vs USA Rugby
The match is on at Washington DC on Saturday at 7:35pm.
It’s on RTÉ 1 from 7pm and on Premier Sports 2 from 7:25pm.
The match is also being streamed on SKY TV, a paid subscription service where you can watch any URC match on demand.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game:
All Blacks coach Ian Foster talks through his side to play the 1874 Cup Test match against the USA in Washington DC 👊🏽#USAvNZL #1874Cup
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 21, 2021
The Washington DC area, with a population of around 700,000, has been averaging around 101 cases a day (a 37 per cent decrease on a fortnight ago) and has had seven deaths over the last two weeks. In total the district has had 62,976 Covid cases and 1183 deaths, while the national US figure is 45.9 million cases and more than 745,000 deaths.
In comparison New Zealand has had 4696 confirmed cases since the pandemic broke out and 28 deaths.
As Taylor touched on, the All Blacks are taking no chances while in the US, and indeed when they move on to Europe, and are operating under restrictions imposed by their own medical team in conjunction with host unions and authorities.
Kick-off for the clash against the USA Eagles is scheduled for 8:30 am Sunday [NZT].
In Australia, Seven Network will telecast All Blacks vs USA Rugby live in Ocean country ( Australia , New Zealand , Fiji , Papua New Guinea , Samoa , Tonga) you can Enjoy game son Sky TV.
All Blacks team to face USA Eagles
1. Ethan de Groot
2. Asafo Aumua
3. Angus Ta’avao
4. Sam Whitelock (c)
5. Tupou Vaa’i
6. Luke Jacobson
7. Dalton Papalii
8. Hoskins Sotutu
9. Finlay Christie
10. Richie Mo’unga
11. George Bridge
12. Quinn Tupaea
13. Braydon Ennor
14. Will Jordan
15. Damian McKenzie
16. Dane Coles
17. George Bower
18. Tyrel Lomax
19. Josh Lord*
20. Sam Cane
21. TJ Perenara
22. Beauden Barrett
23. Anton Lienert-Brown