Scotland v New Zealand: All Blacks make seven changes

Scottish-born Finlay Christie starts at scrum-half

Jordie (in the background) and Bauden Barrett are in a reshuffled All Blacks. Image: Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Jordie (in the background) and Bauden Barrett are in a reshuffled All Blacks. Image: Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

THE ALL BLACKS have made seven changes to the side they sent out against Wales last weekend ahead of Sunday’s clash against Scotland at Murrayfield, with Mark Talea set to make his debut on the right wing.

Scottish-born Finlay Christie starts at scrum-half with centurion Beauden Barrett moving from full-back to stand-off with his brother Jordie Barrett switching from inside-centre to that full-back slot. Anton Leinart-Brown returns at outside-centre in place of Rieko Ioane.


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In the pack, Samisoni Taukei’aho starts at hooker ahead of Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala takes over from Tyrel Lomax at tight-head, and Akira Ioane replaces Shannon Frizell at blindside.

 

New Zealand (v Scotland at Murrayfield, Sunday @ 2.15pm): J Barrett; M Telea, A Lienart-Brown, D Havili, C Clarke; B Barrett, F Christie; E De Groot, S Taukei’aho, N Laulala S Whitelock (captain), S Barrett, A Ioane, D Papali’i, A Savea.

Replacements: C Taylor, G Bower, F Newell, T Vaa’i, S Frizell, T Perenara, S Perofeta, R Ioane.


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4 Comments

  1. New Zealand are there for the taking, they haven’t been in good form and their margin of victory over the poorest Wales team in years, flattered them. I have faith that GT has had a cunning plan all along re FR and everything will come good on Sunday😃

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