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Rugby Championship: What Kiwis need to know about NZ SA Rugby | All Blacks v Springboks at Mbombela Stadium – Kickoff time, squads, live streaming and how to watch . The Springboks will host the All Blacks in the opening match of the 2022 Rugby Championship at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday, 6 August 2022.

The Boks have made three changes to the starting team that ran out for their final Test against Wales as they unveiled the matchday 23 for the Rugby Championship fixture against New Zealand in Nelspruit on Saturday, where Malcolm Marx will earn his 50th Test cap.

NZ vs SA Rugby Live

Game New Zealand vs South Africa | Boks vs Abs Rugby
Venue Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela
Date & time 06 August 2022
Television SKY Sports & Foxtel Now
Streaming WATCH HERE

Marx will run out at hooker in place of Bongi Mbonambi, while Faf de Klerk comes in at scrumhalf in a rotational switch with Jaden Hendrikse. The only injury-enforced change is on the right wing, where Kurt-Lee Arendse will earn his second Test cap in place of Cheslin Kolbe, who is recovering from a broken jaw.

2022 New Zealand Rugby Fixtures

DATE AND TIME VENUE MATCHES
2022 August 06 Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela Springboks vs All Blacks
2022 August 13 Emirates Airline Park, Johannesburg South Africa vs New Zealand
2022 August 27 Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch New Zealand vs Argentina
2022 September 03 FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
New Zealand vs Argentina
2022 September 15 Marvel Stadium, Melbourne All Blacks vs Wallabies
2022 September 24 Eden Park, Auckland Australia vs New Zealand

A year out from a World Cup, the All Blacks would normally be fine-tuning combinations and building belief with a string of thumping wins but instead find themselves mired in their biggest crisis of confidence in decades.

Humbled by northern hemisphere opponents on tour last season, the last traces of the All Blacks’ aura of invincibility vanished in the home series defeat by Ireland, leaving a success-spoiled fan base in rare anguish.

Ian Foster’s men will soon find out how deep the corrosion has spread when they defend their Rugby Championship title against emboldened southern hemisphere rivals.

The All Blacks are heading to South Africa to prepare to face the world champions, with New Zealand’s head coach Ian Foster under intense pressure to end their dire run of form after four defeats in their last five matches.

The All Blacks’ new forwards coach Jason Ryan saw how the home side was out-muscled by the Irish pack in this month’s home series defeat and admitted what he witnessed “dented” New Zealand’s pride.

The Irish scored a key early try off a driving maul in winning the decisive third Test in Wellington, which Ryan says must not be repeated in South Africa.

“We’ve got to stop mauls and also improve our contact area,” Ryan told reporters in Wellington before the All Blacks flew to South Africa.

“The All Black pack has been dented and we talked about it in the forwards meeting, we didn’t hide anything and were really honest, which we have to be.”

Beauden Barrett is a world-class playmaker, but the All Blacks’ star can not carry his side alone and needs support from his teammates in attack.

In Ardie Savea, Akira Ioane and Will Jordan, the All Blacks have players who can crack any defence and create chances, but the team must take them.

“We’re not getting enough big moments right,” Foster said.

“We’ve got a lot of belief in many of the solutions we’ve got but we’ve got to get better at executing them.

“There were a couple of times post line breaks we couldn’t get our support quick enough on the man. Those moments hurt.”

 

NZ vs SA Rugby TEAMS:

Springboks

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Jaden Hendrikse, 23 Willie le Roux

All Blacks

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Samson Taukei’aho, 1 George Bower

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ethan de Groot, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Quinn Tupaea

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