RWC 2019: All Blacks line-up against Wales unveiled

The All Blacks team
to face Wales in the playoff for 3rd at the Rugby World Cup
has just been named. For more, let’s cross live
to Irena Smith who’s standing outside the hotel
in Tokyo where the All Blacks’
press conference about the team is currently being held. Over to you. Scotty, Steve Hansen has said it was difficult for him
to pick the line-up for the All Blacks’ last dance
at this tournament especially as everyone wants
to hit the field and play. But on to the line-up itself, which I’m actually holding in my
very own hands here are the names. Starting with the forwards. While he did start last week, Codie Taylor is out for this game. However, Dane Coles
will fill in the role as hooker with Joe Moody by his side. Heading to the backs, there’s no one more qualified than
Aaron Smith to take number 9. TJ Perenara is out, but Ngāti Porou’s Brad Webber
will be Smith’s back up on the bench. However, the biggest call
with this line-up is the return of Rieko Ioane
to the left-wing. No doubt that is a big call, however, it will be good to see him
on the field because we haven’t had
a chance to see him play a lot. We do have the confidence that he’ll be able to show
the goods in this match. So that’s what the match
is looking like at this stage. That’s a lot of changes being made
to the line-up of this team for the match against Wales. This will be the final match
for so many players on the team, including Steve Hansen? It is for coach Steve Hansen
and team captain Kieran Read. He has had 126 clashes
with the All Blacks. This will be his final clash,
however. Steve Hansen, yes he’s been the coach
of the All Blacks but he’s also been coach
for Wales as well. So this is going
to be an interesting situation for him to be in. It is speculated that those two
will be coming back to Japan to work with Toyota Verblitz. So some players are exiting, but they’ll be coming back here
to play and/or coach. Thank you
Irena Smith for the update. It’s good to see that the weather
is fine over there and that you’re not being rained on
like you were yesterday. Thank you again
and speak to you tomorrow.

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