All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says the inclusion of utility forward Scott Barrett over regular openside flank Sam Cane is tactical and not based on form.
Staff writer DYLAN JACK selects a pack of forwards from the individuals who have been impressive in the World Cup quarter-finals.
All Blacks flank Ardie Savea will wear protective goggles in their next Rugby World Cup match against Canada in Oita on Wednesday.
Wing Cheslin Kolbe and flank Ardie Savea showed great camaraderie, embracing after the All Blacks’ 23-13 win over the Springboks in Yokohama on Saturday.
Steve Hansen has shrugged off criticism from former England flyhalf Stuart Barnes describing the All Blacks as cynical cheats in a newspaper column.
Ardie Savea will play from the bench in one of six changes for the Hurricanes’ match against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Sanzaar has selected Ardie Savea’s try against the Chiefs as their Vodacom Super Rugby Play of the Week.
Ben Smith will join Pau after the 2019 World Cup, but the French Top 14 club has missed out on signing Ardie Savea.