All Blacks bring back big names for Boks

The Rugby Championship
Beth Newman Profile
by Beth Newman

The All Blacks are back to full strength this week, making seven changes to their side for their Cape Town clash.

New Zealand left a handful of players at home for its Argentina trip a week ago, though it didn't seem to worry the New Zealanders who cruised to a 36-10 win.

Cape Town will be a major litmus test for both sides, with South Africa desperate to redeem themselves after a record 57-0 drubbing in Albany.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the mental toll on the side after some intense travel would be the biggest hurdle.

"We've settled in well in Cape Town this week. However, our preparation has been different because of the need to recover well from all the travel," he said.

"This has meant that there's been less time on the park and an even greater emphasis than normal on the mental side of our preparation.

"We know we'll be playing a proud Springbok side which will be determined to rectify what happened in Albany. 

"While it's necessary for us to try and anticipate what they're going to bring to the match, it's more important for us to focus on what we're going to bring to the encounter."

New Zealand takes on South Africa on Sunday October 8, kicking off at 2:05am AEDT LIVE on FOX SPORTS.


IN: Nehe Milner-Skudder, Sam Whitelock, Liam Squire, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Crotty, Sam Cane

OUT: Waisake Naholo, Luke Romano, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ardie Savea, Ngani Laumape, Vaea Fifita

1. Kane Hames

2. Dane Coles

3. Nepo Laulala

4. Sam Whitelock

5. Scott Barrett

6. Liam Squire

7. Sam Cane

8. Kieran Read

9. Aaron Smith

10. Beauden Barrett

11. Rieko Ioane

12. Sonny Bill Williams

13. Ryan Crotty

14. Nehe Milner-Skudder

15. Damian McKenzie


16. Codie Taylor 

17. Wyatt Crockett

18. Ofa Tuungafasi

19. Patrick Tuipulotu

20. Matt Todd

21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow

22. Lima Sopoaga

23. David Havili