All Blacks make one change for semi

All Blacks make one change for semi

  • New Zealand takes on South Africa in RWC semi-final on Saturday: 4pm kick off
  • Joe Moody to start in place of injured prop Wyatt Crockett 
  • Nehe Milner-Skudder recovers from shoulder problem
Steven Hansen has made one change to his All Blacks starting XV for Saturday’s semi-final against South Africa with prop Joe Moody replacing the injured Wyatt Crockett.

Moody, who was called up the New Zealand squad following a tournament-ending injury to Tony Woodcock during the pool stage, replaces Crockett after the prop failed to recover from a groin injury he suffered during the 62-13 quarter-final victory over France.

Prop Ben Franks is forwarded to the replacements’ bench as cover.

Nehe Milner-Skudder, who has scored five tries at this year’s RWC, has recovered from a shoulder injury sustained last weekend to take his place on the wing.

New Zealand: Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (captain), Kieran Read; Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ben Smith.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera


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