RWC2019: Wales v New Zealand Teams

Kieran Read

Wales and the All Blacks have named their teams for their last fixture of the tournament, the Bronze final that nobody wants to play in.

Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane and Dane Coles are recalled, with Scott Barrett selected in the second row this time.

There are lots of changes for Wales, with several injuries to contend with, and it could be a long 80 minutes for this side.

How do you think the game will go?

Wales:
Hallam Amos; Owen Lane, Jonathan Davies, Owen Watkin, Josh Adams; Rhys Patchell, Tomos Williams; Nicky Smith, Ken Owens, Dillon Lewis; Adam Beard, Alun Wyn Jones (capt); Justin Tipuric, James Davies, Ross Moriarty.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhys Carre, Wyn Jones, Jake Ball, Aaron Shingler, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Hadleigh Parkes.

New Zealand:
Beauden Barrett; Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Nepo Laulala; Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett; Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (capt).

Replacements: Liam Coltman, Atu Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Matt Todd, Brad Weber, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordie Barrett.

17 thoughts on “RWC2019: Wales v New Zealand Teams

    1. Yup, this is probably the team Hansen should have named last week. Still, 20/20 hindsight and all that. Wales will hope they can make up in belief and enthusiasm what their injury-forced team lacks in experience. I’ll be cheering them on too!

  1. From what I have read, Welsh fans have been calling for some of these younger players (particularly in the backs) to be played in the hope of inspiring some more attacking rugby. It is certainly a case of “in at the deep-end” but it will be interesting to see how they perform.

    1. I think Wales have probably picked the right team here. I expect they will make lots of substitutions later on to win it if they are in there. On the other hand, if it doesn’t work out, we will see Wyn Jones and other come on much earlier to stop the bleeding.

      Gatland will be missed by Wales and I expect them to play like it’s the final to give him the send off he deserves. NZ always play like it’s the final, but I think they will be focussed more on the breakdown. England got 16 turnovers against them in the semis, the most England have got against any side in a world cup since 1987 against Japan in the pools. As good as England were at the breakdown, the AB’s genuinely embarrassed themselves here so it’s a sore point. Wales need to frustrate them at the breakdown. The achilles heel of the AB’s is how they deal with frustration I feel. Wales can rile them up.

      I would prefer NZ to redeem themselves them though and win but I would also like to see Wales put up a fight and stay in it, and not get blown away.

      1. Why would you want NZ to redeem themselves Biggles when you’ve been putting yr English hat on boot into them since last Sat? Hares & hounds. ‘Redeem’ themselves after a decade of dominance.. with or without yr want? Maybe like after the other 1 off in 2012 you mean? Myopic, lack of foresight, Dim Sim stuff. Zzzz.

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        1. Troll above, possible sock puppet of the other troll, Lawrenson.

          I express my opinions. I don’t state them as facts. That is clearly a little too much for you to handle.

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  2. We’re not the most optimistic of creatures here in Wales at the best of times, but that NZ 11-14 coming in to the team, my word.

    NZ are fielding a pretty much full tilt team. We’ve got Amos at FB, bless him.

    I’d love to be more optimistic about this but we’re on a 5 day turnaround, played 1 extra game, have injuries, and have a backline put together because in Gatlands words “they were the last ones left standing”

    There’ll be no fairytale ending here for Gats.

    NZ by 30+

    🙁

  3. Likely 1/2 the AB 15 have a future, as well as seeking the win. The 2 whom ought to have come on early last time, Coles & Cane, are in. Seems Hsnsen also giving jast hurrahs to B Smith, poss Crotty, SBW, Ioane. Dunno why Savea, Whitelock omitted? Otherwise seems sound enough. Also glad NZ sticking with the 2 playmaker system. Worked well enough v SA, Ire & as it’s not the fundamental reason for last week’s result, no objective reason to change it now. Wales’ injuries mentioned, but H’penny? Parkes on the bench? AB’s will look to finish on a high for themselves, Hansen & the country, but also with an eye on Autumn. Ought to prevail, but by 30? A pessimist? Same as before 10-15?

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  4. Thought Gats would have made some injury call ups of some young future players but given the short turnaround i suppose its understandable.
    I am surprised that he hasn’t selected Wainwright who is clearly the future in their backrow

  5. If punters disagree they’re trolls new boy? Lazy, unoriginal, hypocrital band wagon stuff. Re-read some of yr own. Express yr views all you want. It’s just that they’re 90% cliche ridden & repititious. Nothing insightful, original. Yawn. If I couldn’t handle it, why am I still here after the recent tribal torrent? Think I haven’t endured before? Oh, forgot. You can’t answer that can you Johnny come lately? You just got off boat. And I don’t sell out my own side. Your obvious, crude, unintelligent diatribes are increasingly those if a dullard who just doesn’t get that mostly people aren’t ‘listening’ to you. Need to sharpen up yr 1/2wit fella.

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