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Will Jordan and Brodie Retallick return for All Blacks against Boks

By Finn Morton
Will Jordan of the All Blacks scores a try during The Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the Australia Wallabies at Eden Park on September 24, 2022 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The return of electric outside back Will Jordan and Test centurion Brodie Retallick headlines a star-studded All Blacks side to take on fierce rivals South Africa this weekend.

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New Zealand started their Rugby Championship campaign with a dominant win over Argentina in Mendoza last weekend, but the focus quickly began to shift to their impending challenge against the world champions.

After leaving South America in the early hours on Sunday morning, and arriving back in Aotearoa about 15 hours later, the hype and anticipation began to build for the All Blacks’ first Test on home soil this year.

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Five players are preparing to take the Test field for the first time this year, including the likes of Will Jordan, Brodie Retallick, Mark Telea and Samisoni Taukei’aho.

Crusaders prop Tamaiti Williams has also been named on the bench, and is a chance of making his debut in black at Mt Smart Stadium.

“Any Test against South Africa is a special occasion,” coach Ian Foster said in a statement. “There is a lot of respect between the two nations and that usually translates to an epic battle on the field.

“This will be a significant challenge and we are determined to grow after a solid start to the Lipovitan-D Rugby Championship in Argentina last week.

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“It has been four years since we last played South Africa here in New Zealand so that also makes it special.”

The All Blacks have confirmed one change to their starting front row with Codie Taylor coming into the run-on side at hooker, while Dane Coles drops out of the matchday 23 altogether.

Retallick will pack down alongside Scott Barrett in the second row – seemingly confirming that veteran Sam Whitelock is still out with an injury.

Shannon Frizell, captain Sam Cane and enforcer Ardie Savea round out the forwards with a formidable back row trio.

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Flyhalf Richie Mo’unga is back in the 10 jersey this week after making a cameo off the bench against Los Pumas, and the champion Crusader will link up with Aaron Smith in the halves.

Jordie Barrett will play his 505h Test match on Saturday, and joins Rieko Ioane in the midfield. The star duo were nothing short of outstanding against Los Pumas.

Mark Telea is back on one wing, Will Jordan on the other, and Beauden Barrett has retained his spot at fullback.

“The fact that this game sold out over a month ago shows that fans are clearly up for it,” Foster added. “I’ve been told that we’re expecting over 31,000 fans which means a lot to us.”

The highly anticipated clash between the All Blacks and Springboks is set to get underway at 7.05pm NZST on Saturday at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium.

All Blacks to take on Springboks

  1. Ethan de Groot
  2. Codie Taylor
  3. Tyrel Lomax
  4. Brodie Retallick
  5. Scott Barrett
  6. Shannon Frizell
  7. Sam Cane (c)
  8. Ardie Savea
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Richie Mo’unga
  11. Mark Telea
  12. Jordie Barrett
  13. Rieko Ioane
  14. Will Jordan
  15. Beauden Barrett

Replacements:

  1. Samisoni Taukei’aho
  2. Tamaiti Williams
  3. Nepo Laulala
  4. Tupou Vaa’i
  5. Dalton Papali’i
  6. Finlay Christie
  7. Braydon Ennor
  8. Caleb Clarke
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Pecos 336 days ago

Interesting team as we seek to finalise our final RWC squad. Thankfully our Eden Park test record run isn't on the line lol. Go the ABs!!!

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Dave 336 days ago

At least on the bench instead of Clarke

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Dave 336 days ago

I would have thought leicester Fiangaanuku would be better option on left wing, can cover way more positions, also very strong and hardman to put down

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DarstedlyDan 336 days ago

Why is Clarke, a specialist left wing, on the bench? To cover LW they have Ioane and even Ennor. Instead of Clarke, why not an additional forward reserve, for example? Weird.

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Def Kiwi 336 days ago

Will we finally see a stellar performance from Mo’Uanga? It is a no for me

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rod 336 days ago

"Form is temporary, class is permanent"

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Greg 336 days ago

The Boks, particularly Faf, will be licking their lips in anticipation of Beauden at fullback.

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Bruiser 336 days ago

Jordie must be 70

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