Saturday , June 3 2023

Ryan Crotti the only change on the All Blacks side for the Irish conflict Sport


Ryan Crotti replaces injured Billy Villiams in a change to the All Blacks team to meet Ireland in the clash of the world's top teams in Dublin.

The veteran in the center of Villiams had injured his shoulder during last week's victory over England in Twickenham last week and maybe he will still be recovering for the test he finished at the tournaments in Italy next week.

Trusted Crotti joined Crusaders' team Jack Goodhue at the start and Anton Lienert-Brovn improved to the bench.

Crotti's presence will not be appreciated by longtime Irish fans – he won the match long after full time at the New Zealand celebrity victory of 24-22 in Dublin five years ago.

Hansen said he would not have trouble raising his world champion for his worldly undefiled enemy, who lost only two of his last 25 home matches. The newest was all black, two years ago.

"These are the types of test matches everyone gets – that's number 1 versus No. 2 – and there's a real excitement that's being built as we approach Saturday," said Hansen.

"We will play an opponent who will want to hold the ball for a long time, and if they do not get what they want, they will hit them and try to find us."

Hansen identified battle battle as critical. This was the case in Twickenham, when the dominant team in New Zealand helped in the second half to convert after England controlled half-time in the half and led 15-0.

At the beginning of the half Aaron Smith will play his 82nd Test, which will threaten Justin Marshall as the most useful All Blacka on that position.

It will also be the 50th start together for Locke Sam Vhitelock and Brodie Retallick locks, shifting one ahead of Robin Brooke and Ian Jones as the most for any New Zealand combination.

The team is again led by captain Kieran Read, who last week became only the fourth player in Test rugby who won 100 wins. The rest were all modern black men – former captain Richie McCav (131 wins), Kevin Mealam (114) and Tony Voodcock (102).

new Zealand: 15-Damian McKenzie, 14-Ben Smith, 13-Jack Goodhue, 12-Rian Crotti, 11-Rieko Ioane, 10-Beauden Barrett, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read, 7-Ardie Savea, 6-Liam Skuire , 5-Sam Vhitelock, 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Oven Franks, 2-Codie Tailor, 1-Karl Tu 'inukuafe. For me: 16-Dane Coles, 17-Ofa Tuungafasi, 18-Nepo Laulala, 19-Scott Barrett, 20-Matt Todd, 21-TJ Perenara, 22-Richie Mo, 23-Anton Lienert-Brovn.

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