Here's your team! All Blacks name squad for Rugby World Cup opener

Here's your team! All Blacks name squad for Rugby World Cup opener

Not Bhed, Good Syze!
25 August 2022 2:05PM

The All Blacks are sticking with dual threats in the backline for their Rugby World Cup opener against the Springboks. See the full squad of 23 below. 

The All Blacks starting XV boasts 756 caps, compared to South Africa's 542.

All Blacks: 1-Joe Moody, 2-Dane Coles, 3-Nepo Laulala, 4-Sam Whitelock, 5-Scott Barrett, 6-Ardie Savea, 7-Sam Cane, 8-Kieran Read, 9-Aaron Smith, 10-Richie Mo'unga, 11-George Bridge, 12-Ryan Crotty, 13-Anton Lienert-Brown, 14-Sevu Reece, 15-Beauden Barrett

Reserves: 16-Codie Taylor, 17-Ofa Tuungafasi, 18-Angus Ta'avao, 19-Patrick Tuipulotu, 20-Shannon Frizell, 21-TJ Perenara, 22-Sonny Bill Williams, 23-Ben Smith.

"Any combination of players in our squad could have justified their selection, but in the end, we believe the 23 we have selected is the right group for this opposition," says coach Steve Hansen.

"The challenge of playing one of our oldest and most respected foes in the opening test RWC2019 has us excited and energised by what lies ahead.

"Each time we play South Africa, it's a tight battle and a real arm wrestle."

The All Blacks' first game kicks off at 9:45pm on Saturday.

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