In Summary
  • While Brodie Retallick has remained at home following a family tragedy, five other senior players were recalled after being rested when New Zealand played Argentina last week.
  • New Zealand already have the championship wrapped up, but coach Steve Hansen said they were taking no chances against their arch enemy.

CAPE TOWN

Normal service has been restored to the All Blacks who will put their strongest available side on the park for Saturday's Rugby Championship dead rubber against South Africa.

While Brodie Retallick has remained at home following a family tragedy, five other senior players were recalled after being rested when New Zealand played Argentina last week.

New Zealand already have the championship wrapped up, but coach Steve Hansen said they were taking no chances against their arch enemy.

Sam Whitelock returns to the second row, Liam Square and Sam Cane are back as the flankers, backline organiser Ryan Crotty will play at centre with Nehe Milner-Skudder on the right wing.

The five were sidelined for last week's match in Buenos Aires to keep them fresh for the Springboks encounter at the end of a fortnight of arduous travel from New Zealand to Argentina and then to South Africa.

Despite Springbok coach Allister Coetzee publicly writing off his side's chances, Hansen believes that behind the scenes they will be seething over their 57-0 humiliation when they played the All Blacks in New Zealand last month.

"We know we'll be playing a proud Springbok side which will be determined to rectify what happened (in Auckland)," he said when naming his side on Thursday.

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