The matchday 23 sees just two changes to the forward pack, with 102-Test prop Owen Franks back at tighthead prop and All Blacks Captain Kieran Read returning at number eight. Ofa Tuungafasi moves to the run on reserves.
In the backs, Aaron Smith returns to the starting halfback spot with TJ Perenara on the bench, while Jack Goodhue has been named at centre for his sixth Test, with Ryan Crotty to provide impact off the bench in the 23 jersey.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “Test matches between the All Blacks and Springboks are always intense and dramatic contests, and we expect this weekend will be no different.”
He added that the fact that the All Blacks had won the Rugby Championship last weekend had no bearing on this weekend.
WATCH 🎥 With four changes made to the starting line up, #AllBlacks head coach Steve Hansen discusses the team named to take on South Africa in Pretoria this weekend.— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) October 4, 2018
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“Nothing changes for us. It’s a Test match that everyone in New Zealand expects us to win. The fact that it’s an All Blacks-Springboks Test match makes it even more exciting and it’s one that we’re really looking forward to.
“South Africa are playing with a lot of confidence and after their two recent wins, their confidence levels will be even higher. So we’ll need to respond with real purpose, composure, belief and intensity.
“While our preparation this week has had to be slightly modified because of our travel, it has still been thorough, which should put us in good stead for Saturday.”
All Blacks team named for Pretoria Test against South Africa
The matchday 23 is as follows (with Test caps in brackets):
The Rugby Championship – All Blacks games
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