New Zealand will face Fiji on Saturday, every week after the heavily-criticised thrashing of Tonga.
The All Blacks are more likely to face a much bigger check than they bought with final weekend’s Pacific Island opponents as Tonga were crushed 102-0.
The 2 sides have met simply 5 instances for the reason that 1987 Rugby World Cup, with their final encounter in 2011.
Right here is all the things you’ll want to know forward of the sport:
When do New Zealand play Fiji? What time is kick-off in UK?
New Zealand face Fiji on Saturday, July 10, within the first of two Exams. The match will kick off at 8.05am UK time/7.05pm native time on the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin.
Is New Zealand v Fiji on TV? What about dwell streaming?
New Zealand v Fiji is being streamed dwell and on demand within the UK via Rugby Cross on liverugby.internet.
The service prices £4.99 per weekend.
What is the workforce information?
Brodie Retallick will make his first look for the All Blacks for the reason that 2019 World Cup.
The imposing lock has been unavailable to teach Ian Foster to this point however has returned from a stint with Kobelco Steelers within the Japanese Prime League.
Aaron Smith will captain New Zealand for the primary time in his 98th Check with Beauden Barrett set to start out at fly-half.
Solely centre Rieko Ioane and winger George Bridge have stored their locations from the facet which mauled Tonga.
George Bower will make his first begin at loosehead prop, whereas tighthead Ethan de Groot is poised to make his debut from the bench.
Fiji even have a high-profile lock again of their ranks for the primary time for the reason that World Cup, with Leone Nakarawa set to start out after harm and health issues.
They’re with out half-backs Frank Lomani, Moses Sorovi and Teti Tela who had been unable to journey to New Zealand due to a Covid outbreak in Australia, so 22-year-old scrum-half Simione Kuruvoli will make his first begin.
New Zealand: 15. Jordie Barrett, 14. Sevu Reece, 13.Rieko Ioane, 12. David Havili, 11. George Bridge, 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Aaron Smith (capt); 1. George Bower, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Patrick Tuipulotu, 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Shannon Frizell, 7. Ethan Blackadder, 8. Hoskins Sotutu.
Replacements: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Ethan de Groot, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Samuel Whitelock, 20. Luke Jacobson, 21. Finlay Christie, 22. Damian McKenzie, 23. Will Jordan.
Fiji: 15. Kini Murimurivalu, 14. Eroni Sau, 13. Waisea Nayacalevu, 12. Levani Botia (capt), 11. Nemani Nadolo, 10. Ben Volavola, 9. Simione Kuruvoli; 1. Peni Ravai, 2. Samuel Matavesi, 3. Mesake Doge, 4. Temo Mayanavanua, 5. Leone Nakarawa, 6. Johnny Dyer, 7. Mesulame Kunavula, 8. Albert Tuisue.
Replacements: 16. Peni Narisia, 17. Haereiti Hetet, 18. Leeroy Atalifo, 19. Tevita Ratuva, 20. Peceli Yato, 21. Setareki Tuicuvu, 22. Eneriko Buliruarua, 23. Manasa Mataele.
What have the coaches stated?
New Zealand head coach Ian Foster: “The Fijian workforce will deliver a really completely different problem from Tonga. They’re a extra established facet made up of primarily overseas-based gamers, who’re amongst a few of the higher gamers in Europe.
“We are able to’t wait to play below the roof at Forsyth Barr Stadium. It must be a quick, bodily match and our workforce are excited by what the weekend will deliver.
“Aaron is a particular participant with actual mana and a pure chief and his preparation is second to none. I’m certain he, his spouse Teagan and his wider whānau shall be happy with what he has achieved.”
Fiji head coach Vern Cotter: “We’ll want management and the forwards should be superb as a result of we now have to guard Simione Kuruvoli, who is just enjoying his second sport with Fiji.
“Leone Nakarawa coming again within the workforce has helped cohesion within the lineout and lineout calling as he brings expertise.
“Now we have been proud of the preparation. After we see what’s occurring in Fiji [rising Covid cases], we simply wish to play properly and hopefully we are going to raise spirits on the island.
“It’s chilly in Dunedin however we are going to play below a coated roof, it is going to be a dry-ball sport which fits us and we’re going to play Fijian rugby which fits us and we’re good at.”