All Blacks names side for Rugby Championship opener

All Blacks names side for Rugby Championship opener

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 05/08/2022
[Photo: Rugby Pass]

The All Blacks have named a formidable side for their Rugby Championship opener against Rugby World Cup champions South Africa this Sunday.

Samisoni Taukei’aho will start at hooker, alongside prop Angus Ta’avao and George Bower in a new-look front row.

Scott Barrett returns from injury to partner with Sam Whitelock at locks while Akira Ioane retains his spot at blindside flanker, with captain Sam Cane and Ardie Savea in the loose forward.

Beauden Barrett combines with Aaron Smith at the halves, while David Havili and Rieko Ioane will start at midfield.

Caleb Clarke, Will Jordan and Jordie Barrett make up the back three.

The All Blacks will meet South Africa at 3.05 am Sunday and the Wallabies will play Argentina at 7.10 am Sunday.

1. George Bower (14)

2. Samisoni Taukei’aho (11)

3. Angus Ta’avao (22)

4. Sam Whitelock (134)

5. Scott Barrett (50)

6. Akira Ioane (14)

7. Sam Cane © (80)

8. Ardie Savea (62)

9. Aaron Smith (105)

10. Beauden Barrett (104)

11. Caleb Clarke (5)

12. David Havili (16)

13. Rieko Ioane (50)

14. Will Jordan (15)

15. Jordie Barrett (39)

16. Dane Coles (81)

17. Ethan de Groot (4)

18. Tyrel Lomax (14)

19. Tupou Vaa’i (12)

20. Shannon Frizell (17)

21. Finlay Christie (6)

22. Richie Mo’unga (35)

23. Quinn Tupaea (9)

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