New Zealand team to play Ireland in 1st Test

Steve Hansen has handed debuts to Julian Savea, Aaron Smith and Brodie Retallick for their first clash with Ireland this weekend, as the All Blacks play their first match since winning the Rugby World Cup last October.

15. Israel Dagg, 14. Zac Guildford, 13. Conrad Smith, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 11. Julian Savea, 10. Dan Carter, 9. Aaron Smith; 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Andrew Hore, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Victor Vito, 7. Richie McCaw (c), 8. Kieran Read


16. Hika Elliott, 17. Ben Franks, 18. Ali Williams, 19. Adam Thomson, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Aaron Cruden, 22. Ben Smith

5 thoughts on “New Zealand team to play Ireland in 1st Test

  1. Very exciting for Brodie Retalick. Has been immense for the Chiefs this season.

    Aaron Smith is another brave and exciting selection. Lots of talk that he will be the world’s best 9 by next world cup.

    Although it amazes me they can’t find any better wingers in NZ than Zac Guildford.

    Overall though a good blend and excited for the test.

      1. jimmymc1 – We have blown it already – Reddan should be starting not Murray. Could have been a Ding Dong the Leinster way!

        1. Yeah, Reddan should be playing instead of Murray. & Ferris missing is colossal. Could be completely steamrolled. It’s really best they don’t get their hopes up. lol

          Worst thing is, the AB’s will not underestimate us of course. That doesn’t help. Our backline can hurt them, though Israel Dagg is the best full back in the world right now. Beale is behind him, and Franc Steyns or Rob Kearney are behind those, but Sonny Bill Williams is a maniac.
          Savea’s class, and Sexton is really ONLY bettered by Carter. Why couldn’t it be the Aussies??

          One BIG positive. Corey Jane isn’t in the team – injured / form??
          I’d have him in my team any day of the week.

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