Autumn Internationals 2018: New Zealand team to play England

Sonny Bill Williams

Steve Hansen has named the All Blacks team to take on England at Twickenham this weekend.


1. Karl Tu’inukuafe
2. Codie Taylor
3. Owen Franks
4. Samuel Whitelock
5. Brodie Retallick
6. Liam Squire
7. Ardie Savea
8. Kieran Read – captain
9. Aaron Smith
10. Beauden Barrett
11. Rieko Ioane
12. Sonny Bill Williams
13. Jack Goodhue
14. Ben Smith
15. Damian McKenzie

16. Dane Coles
17. Ofa Tuungafasi
18. Nepo Laulala
19. Scott Barrett
20. Matt Todd
21. TJ Perenara
22. Richie Mo’unga
23. Ryan Crotty

What do you think of this line up?

3 thoughts on “Autumn Internationals 2018: New Zealand team to play England

  1. Imagine having a team so good that the likes of Dane Coles and Ryan Crotty are relegated to the bench…
    Am trying to see weaknesses here but it’s not easy.
    I guess Barrett can be put under pressure and his place kicking can be spotty but if he has an off day they’ve got Mo’unga on the bench.
    Don’t think Savea is as good as Cane and Squire isn’t quite as good as Kaino used to be – but given either would walk into this England team, its hardly a weakness.
    SBW will have watched De Allende last weekend and will be licking his lips at the thought of our midfield defence.
    England will have to have the game of their lives to avoid a 20-30 point blowout.
    My only consolation is that no one expected us to win in 2012 either. But that’s pretty small stuff to hang hopes on.
    I’d just like it to be a close game. I’d be happy with that

    1. Well, like John Pullen before you Pablito, @ least YOU turned up! It is a strong NZ lineup & bench, but it’s what happens on the day, on the field. Squire is robust, hard running & effective. Savea is dynamic & difficult to bring down. Interesting to see how he goes on defence though. Unfortunate for Todd IMO, as he’s never had a consistent run in black. Coles is only just back from injury, so may reclaim his spot, or not. Taylor’s been no slouch in his place. Crotty’s an interesting one for me. He was seen as the midfield glue, the organiser, the rock @ centre. However, the younger Goodhue may have superseded him now. OTOH, as Crotty’s previously suffered various concussions, Hansen may be managing him for the coming WC. Regarding Barrett, although much has been made of his goal kicking v SA in the 1st test, as already mentioned elsewhere, he’s slotted 11/12 in his games since then. So, yes it’s hard to see many weaknesses, especially if NZ get plenty of possession, territory being of lesser importance to them, as they’ll undoubtedly be looking to run it against England with Mckenzie @ the back. Young’s, Barrett may initially seek to pepper him, so again interesting to see how he copes in this case. Expect NZ to have too much for England with their front 5 claiming plenty of ball from the set piece & in the loose & then also through the firepower from their backs (& forwards) in an up tempo, varied attack. @ least that’s how my theory goes. Have to see how it actually goes tomorrow!


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