Beauden Barrett will shift to fullback in the All Blacks’ World Cup opener against the Springboks in Yokohama on Saturday.
All Blacks scrumhalf Aaron Smith says the team will heed the lessons from their draw with the Boks in Wellington ahead of the World Cup opener on Saturday.
Beauden Barrett will move back to flyhalf in the All Blacks starting lineup to face Tonga in their final World Cup warm-up in Hamilton on Saturday.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has demanded an improved performance, particularly from his forward pack, following their record defeat by the Australians in Perth last weekend.
Highlanders co-captain Ben Smith will make his return to their starting lineup for their Vodacom Super Rugby quarter-final against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday.
All Blacks and Highlanders fullback Ben Smith has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury.
All Blacks outside back Ben Smith has confirmed he will be leaving New Zealand for France at the end of 2019.
Ben Smith will join Pau after the 2019 World Cup, but the French Top 14 club has missed out on signing Ardie Savea.
All Blacks fullback Ben Smith says they have plans to deal with an expected aerial assault from the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.