All Blacks team naming: Veterans return, Mo'unga at 10

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The All Blacks perform the haka ahead of the first test against Fiji. (Photo / Photosport)
The All Blacks perform the haka ahead of the first test against Fiji. (Photo / Photosport)

All Blacks team naming: Veterans return, Mo'unga at 10

Author
NZ Herald ,
Publish Date
Thu, 15 Jul 2021, 11:44AM

 

Here's what All Blacks' coach Ian Foster had to say:

“It was the second Test of the year for us last weekend and we were pretty happy with our performance. There were a lot of views about our performance and that’s the beauty of being in this team: people expect perfection.

“We took some really good steps up from the week before (against Tonga) and we were satisfied with our performance, but it did highlight some areas we need to keep growing. This Steinlager Series campaign has been about growing our game and making sure we have players that are ready to go for what will be a long season.”

The All Blacks' team to face Fiji (test caps in brackets):

1. George Bower (2)

2. Codie Taylor (57)

3. Nepo Laulala (30)

4. Scott Barrett (41)

5. Samuel Whitelock (124) - captain

6. Akira Ioane (3)

7. Ardie Savea (49)

8. Luke Jacobson (4)

9. Aaron Smith (98)

10. Richie Mo’unga (23)

11. Sevu Reece (9)

12. David Havili (4)

13. Anton Lienert-Brown (49)

14. Will Jordan (4)

15. Damian McKenzie (29)

 

Reserves:

16. Dane Coles (76)

17. Ethan de Groot (1)

18. Angus Ta’avao (15)

19. Brodie Retallick (82)

20. Shannon Frizell

21. Brad Weber (8)

22. Beauden Barrett (90)

23. Rieko Ioane (35)