All you need to know ahead of the All Blacks clash against the Springboks at Cbus Super Stadium in the Gold Coast, kickoff at 11.05pm:
The return of Anton Lienert-Brown in the backs and Luke Jacobson in the forwards has slightly reshaped the All Blacks team which will play the Springboks in the final match of the Rugby Championship on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Saturday.
Lienert-Brown missed last weekend’s first match against South Africa with a hamstring strain and Jacobson was a last-minute withdrawal with a stomach bug. New Zealand won the match 19-17 to clinch the Championship title.
Lienert-Brown will take his place at centre on Saturday, forcing Rieko Ioane to move from that spot to the left wing. Jacobson returns at No 8, meaning captain Ardie Savea will play on the openside flank and Akira Ioane on the blindside. The tight five is unchanged.
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Head coach Ian Foster has made two key personnel changes in the backline, naming Sevu Reece on the right wing in place of Will Jordan — the All Blacks’ only try-scorer last weekend — and Brad Weber ahead of TJ Perenara at halfback.
Perenara drops to the bench along with Ethan Blackadder who played in Jacobson’s place last weekend.
First-five Richie Mo’unga returns to the matchday 23 on the bench after recently rejoining the team after completing isolation. Mo’unga was a late departure from New Zealand because his wife was expecting a baby and has missed New Zealand’s previous Championship matches.
How to catch Boks vs All Blacks Rugby action
The Herald will provide Boks vs All Blacks Rugby live updates. You can catch live commentary of the match on Newstalk ZB, Gold AM and iHeartRadio.
The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 1, with coverage beginning at 10pm. If you want to watch the match online, you can stream the game live via Sky Sport Now.
All Blacks: Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Brad Weber, Luke Jacobson, Ardie Savea (c), Akira Ioane, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.
Reserves: Asafo Aumua, George Bower, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ethan Blackadder, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Damian McKenzie.
South Africa: Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Duane Vermeulen, Kwagga Smith, Siya Kolisi (c), Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Trevor Nyakane, Bongi Mbonambi, Ox Nche.
Reserves: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese, Herschel Jantjies, Elton Jantjies, Frans Steyn.
Last five tests
2018: All Blacks 34, Springboks 36, Wellington
2018: All Blacks 32, Springboks 30, Pretoria
2019: All Blacks 16, Springboks 16, Wellington
2019: All Blacks 23, Springboks 13, Yokohama
2021: All Blacks 19, Springboks 17, Townsville