As expected, the five All Blacks who headed to South Africa early and missed the Argentina match have all been named in the matchday 23. Samuel Whitelock, Liam Squire, Sam Cane, Ryan Crotty and Nehe Milner-Skudder will feature in the run-on team as the All Blacks search for an unbeaten Rugby Championship season for second year running.
The All Blacks are four from four in this year’s tournament and excluding the two reduced editions that fell in World Cup years (2011, 2015 – Australia winning both) they look set for a sixth straight title.
A first Test start for Dillyn Leyds and Francois Louw’s inclusion in the back row are two of the four changes to the Springbok squad to face the Wallabies in the Round 5 Rugby Championship match in Bloemfontein.
Crusader David Havili set for his debut in a matchday 23 that also features a number of other changes in the backs. Anton Lienert-Brown has been named in the 13 jersey, Waisake Naholo is on the right wing for his first match in this year's Rugby Championship, while Ngani Laumape will provide extra back cover.