Topic: Rugby

All Blacks team named for Argentina test match

By Online News - Rereātea

The All Blacks side has been named to play the third Test in the Investec Rugby Championship against Argentina in Hamilton this Saturday. 

The starting line-up is as follows:

1. Joe Moody (15)
2.  Dane Coles (41)
3.  Owen Franks (82)
4.  Brodie Retallick (52)
5.  Samuel Whitelock (77)
6.  Jerome Kaino (71)
7.  Sam Cane (36)
8.  Kieran Read - captain (89)
9.  Aaron Smith (52)
10.  Beauden Barrett (41)
11.  Julian Savea (45)
12.  Ryan Crotty (19)
13.  Malakai Fekitoa (17)
14.  Israel Dagg (53)
15.  Ben Smith (53)

There are three changes from the team that secured the Bledisloe Cup in Wellington last month: Ryan Crotty returns at second five-eighth, with Anton Lienert-Brown moving to the 23 jersey while Codie Taylor is named at replacement hooker and Luke Romano comes onto the bench as lock cover.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen says, "In selecting this team, we felt there was the need for consistency.  The squad is five games into re-establishing themselves on the international stage and we felt that it would not be right to make a lot of changes.

We know we'll be facing a completely different challenge this week.  Argentina will bring their traditional physicality up front and flair in the backs and we will have to be ready for whatever they throw at us."

The match will take place at the FMG Stadium Waikato. Kick off is at 7:35pm.