New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen will give several under-worked members of the Rugby World Cup squad match time when the All Blacks face Tonga in their final warm-up match on Saturday in Hamilton.
Hansen has made a lot of modifications to this line-up that defeat Australia 36-0 in the Bledisloe Cup Test transferring Beauden Barrett from full-back into his favorite position at.
Veteran Ben Smith, in is 80th Test, returns to his position at full-back afterwards playing recently on the ideal wing to allow Mo’unga and Barrett to feature as playmakers.
Hooker Codie Taylor, flanker Matt Todd and scrumhalf T.J. Perenara, who generally start on the bench, are encouraged to the starting 15 while Liam Coltman, ” the next hooker from the group, and newcomer back rower Luke Jacobson are termed as reserves.
Uncapped fly-half Josh Ioane is also on the seat, though he is not a member of the 31-man World Cup squad of Hansen.
“It is great for the team together and get started preparing for what will be an excellent match against Tonga,” Hansen explained. “We all know that the Rugby World Cup is just around the corner but we’re focusing on’right here, right now.’
“Tonga will soon be targeting this match in an attempt to build momentum into their Rugby World Cup campaign, and so are , as it is going to be significant for both teams to head into the championship with confidence”
Siua Maile, who worked before his selection for the Tonga group will make his Test debut.
Former Wallaby Cooper Vuna will begin on the perfect wing after playing at centre.
New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Ardie Savea, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 21 Aaron Smith, 16 Liam Coltman 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Luke Jacobson. 23 Jordie Barrett, 22 Josh Ioane.
See All Blacks vs Tonga live on Main Event and Sky Sports Action from 8am on Saturday.

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