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All Blacks Name Strong Team To Face Ireland In Dublin

All Blacks Name Strong Team To Face Ireland In Dublin
By PJ Browne
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The All Blacks have named a strong starting team for Saturday's clash with Ireland.

It features the same forward pack which helped defeat Wales 40-17 a fortnight ago while there are some tweaks to the backline.

"That’s the way we finished the Welsh game, with Anton moving in, Rieko moving to centre and Sevu on the wing," explained New Zealand head coach Ian Foster.

"It’s a little bit of a reward for that combination. We’ve been able to use this series of games and the time together to try different things and thought a little change there would be good for us. We’re also pretty excited at the impact that Finlay, David and Richie will have off the bench."

Regarding Ireland, Foster said: "We’ve watched Ireland’s development this year with interest, particularly through the latter part of the Six Nations and last week’s big win over Japan. They are certainly playing with confidence and ambition and represent a formidable challenge.

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"We have no doubt what Saturday is going to bring at a full Aviva Stadium. It’s a big occasion, rugby is back to Dublin in terms of full grandstands, so we know what it’s going to mean here, and we want that kind of stage. It’s big and it’s exciting and is what motivates this team."

All Blacks team to play Ireland

1. Joe Moody (55)
2. Codie Taylor (65)
3. Nepo Laulala (38)
4. Brodie Retallick (90)
5. Samuel Whitelock – captain (130)
6. Ethan Blackadder (8)
7. Dalton Papalii (11)
8. Ardie Savea (57)
9. TJ Perenara (77)
10. Beauden Barrett (100)
11. Sevu Reece (16)
12. Anton Lienert-Brown (55)
13. Rieko Ioane (45)
14. Will Jordan (11)
15. Jordie Barrett (34)

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All Blacks replacements:

16. Dane Coles (78)
17. Karl Tu’inukuafe (24)
18. Tyrel Lomax (13)
19. Tupou Vaa’i (10)
20. Akira Ioane (11)
21. Finlay Christie (5)
22. Richie Mo’unga (30)
23. David Havili (13)

Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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