19th September 05:37 AM
Sevu Reece named in All Blacks team to play Tonga
By Shanil Singh
Thursday 05/09/2019
Sevu Reece

Sevu Reece has been named in the All Blacks team to play Tonga this Saturday after his scintillating performance against the Wallabies in the second Bledisloe test.

In another big change Beauden Barrett moves back to number 10 with Richie Mo’unga out injured.

Reiko Ioane has not been included in the squad altogether.

In the forwards Codie Taylor starts at hooker with Liam Coltman providing cover from the bench, Matt Todd starts at openside  with Luke Jacobson coming onto the bench for his second Test  while Scott Barrett comes in as lock cover on the bench.

In the backs, TJ Perenara will start at Scrum-Half while Josh Ioane poised to make his All Blacks debut off the bench.

Ryan Crotty returns from injury at Centre for his first Test appearance of the year.

The All Blacks host Tonga at 2.35pm this Saturday.

 

All Blacks squad:

1. Joe Moody (40)

2. Codie Taylor (44)

3. Nepo Laulala (19)

4. Patrick Tuipulotu (24)

5. Samuel Whitelock (111)

6. Ardie Savea (38)

7. Matt Todd (20)

8. Kieran Read โ€‘ captain (121)

9. TJ Perenara (58)

10. Beauden Barrett (77)

11. George Bridge (4)

12. Ryan Crotty (44)

13. Anton Lienertโ€‘Brown (37)

14. Sevu Reece (2)

15. Ben Smith (79)

 

Reserves

16. Liam Coltman (5)

17. Ofa Tuungafasi (29)

18. Angus Ta'avao (7)

19. Scott Barrett (30)

20. Luke Jacobson (1)

21. Aaron Smith (86)

22. Josh Ioane *

23. Jordie Barrett (11

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