New Zealand v Wales: Rugby World Cup 2019 bronze final – live! | Sport


Hansen makes seven changes to his semi-final team – and it’s not just the coaches signing off from All Blacks’ rugby today. Captain Kieran Read is also retiring, along with Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty, who both start today. Ardie Savea’s injury gives Shannon Frizell a chance to start at No 6.

Injuries have badly hit Gatland’s hopes of Wales’s first win against the All Blacks for 66 years, and he makes nine changes. Hallam Amos is in at full back while the half-backs are Tomos Williams and Rhys Patchell at No 9 and No 10 respectively. Nicky Smith and Dillon Lewis come in to the front row. The ever-inspirational Alun Wyn Jones is captain, in what will surely be his final Rugby World Cup outing.

New Zealand: 15 Beauden Barrett; 14 Ben Smith, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane; 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith; 1 Joe Moody, 2 Dane Coles, 3 Nepo Laulala, 4 Brodie Retallick, 5 Scott Barrett, 6 Shannon Frizell, 7 Sam Cane, 8 Kieran Read (capt.).

Replacements: Liam Coltman, Atu Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Matt Todd, Brad Weber, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordie Barrett.

Wales: 15 Hallam Amos; 14 Owen Lane, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Owen Watkin, 11 Josh Adams; 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Tomos Williams; 1 Nicky Smith, 2 Ken Owens, 3 Dillon Lewis; 4 Adam Beard, 5 Alun Wyn Jones (capt.); 6 Justin Tipuric, 7 James Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty.

Replacements: Elliot Dee, Rhys Carre, Wyn Jones, Jake Ball, Aaron Shingler, Gareth Davies, Dan Biggar, Hadleigh Parkes.


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