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.
The 2017 Rugby Championship has entered the halfway point, with three rounds remaining to decide a champion. Round four sees New Zealand host South Africa from QBE Stadium in Albany while Argentina take on Australia in Canberra in what will be the first meeting between each of the four sides this year.