New Zealand name 23 to challenge the Lions in final test

New Zealand have named the 23 to challenge the Lions in Saturday’s third Test series-decider.

Warren Gatland’s tourists take on the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland this weekend looking to claim an historic series victory after they tied things up at 1-1 with a 24-21 triumph over their hosts in Wellington last time out.

Steve Hansen has named 20-year-old outside back Jordie Barrett at full back while Ngani Laumape replaces the suspended Sonny Bill Williams.

Israel Dagg moves to the right wing while on the left, Julian Savea comes in to replace Rieko Ioane, with Malakai Fekitoa, who was only recently called up to the All Blacks squad, is part of the matchday squad as midfield cover.

Captain Kieran Read is also due to earn his 100th Test cap.

“This final match is going to be a cracker,” said New Zealand chief Hansen.

“It’s the series we expected it to be as the Lions have quality players. It now comes down to this Saturday – the winner takes all – and that’ll create its own unique pressures, and it’s going to be interesting to see how both sides cope with it.

“We’ve had a good week of preparation and are very excited by the opportunity that’s ahead of us, and I’m sure the Lions are as well.

“We know it’ll be a physical and intense match, but just as importantly, it’ll be a game where both teams will have moments of momentum, and the ability of everyone to adapt and adjust throughout the 80 minutes will be crucial.”

New Zealand team to face the Lions:

1. Joe Moody

2. Codie Taylor

3. Owen Franks

4. Brodie Retallick

5. Samuel Whitelock

6. Jerome Kaino

7. Sam Cane

8. Kieran Read (capt)

9. Aaron Smith

10. Beauden Barrett

11. Julian Savea

12. Ngani Laumape

13. Anton Lienert-Brown

14. Israel Dagg

15. Jordie Barrett

Replacements

16. Nathan Harris

17. Wyatt Crockett

18. Charlie Faumuina

19. Scott Barrett

20. Ardie Savea

21. TJ Perenara

22. Aaron Cruden

23. Malakai Fekitoa

Social Sharing

Posted in

“We’re gradually putting ourselves in a better position” | Andi Kyriacou and Calvin Nash look ahead to Edinburgh clash on Friday

Munster chalked up their third win of the 2022/23 URC campaign last weekend in their Interpro derby with ...
Read More

TEAM | Rowntree makes five changes for team to face Edinburgh in URC

There are five personnel changes and one positional switch to the side that secured a bonus-point win against ...
Read More

Young Munster drawn against Cork Constitution in BOI Munster Senior Challenge Cup semi-final

Both of the semi-finals will take place in less than three weeks time on Saturday 17th of December ...
Read More

Squad Update | Mike Haley ruled out for Edinburgh with Jack Crowley awaiting a lower leg scan

Munster will look to get back to winning ways this weekend after beating Connacht in Thomond Park last ...
Read More

Division 1A joy for Young Munster and Shannon in Energia AIL | Round-Up

There were wins for three of the six Limerick outfits in their respective AIL divisions this weekend. Young ...
Read More

HIGHLIGHTS | Munster return to URC action with Thomond Park win over Connacht

The hosts secured a bonus point win in Limerick to end a run of defeats against their interpro ...
Read More

TEAM | Irish internationals return as Munster name team for Connacht

Match tickets are available to buy online here or from the stadium on match day. A family pack of four ...
Read More

Mike Prendergast and Diarmuid Barron hoping for “consistency” as Munster host Connacht in URC

The red province will be keen to continue in the vein that saw them defeat South Africa Select ...
Read More