New Zealand right-back Tyrell Lomax, who injured one knee against Uruguay, is in the starting XV for the quarter-final clash against Ireland on Saturday (9pm), according to the squad revealed on Thursday. So Lomax, who is uncertain with an internal collateral ligament injury, should keep his place, unlike whirling winger Mark Telea, who is not in the squad to face the Clover XV.
For the next three quarters from Toulon, Leicester Fainga’anuku is preferred on the left wing. Barring that, Ian Foster fields his typical squad, which he failed to field against France in the opener with Lomax, Shannon Frizzell and finally injured captain Sam Kane. Unsurprisingly, the Bowden brothers, Geordie and Scott Barrett should start the match. So did captain Sam Kane and flanker Shannon Frizzell, the All Blacks’ X-factor in their 35-20 rout of South Africa in the Rugby Championship this summer.
In the third row, they will be hard pressed against the excellent Irish colleagues Josh Van der Flier, Caelan Doris and Peter O’Mahony. Second-row Samuel Whitelock, the 2011 and 2015 World Champion, should get the 151st and possibly his last selection with XV Lafougère as he has to retire from internationals at the end of the World Cup.
The New Zealand team will meet Ireland in the quarter-finals:
B. Barrett – Jordan, John, J. Barrett, Fainganuku, – (o) Mounga, (m) Smith – Kane (capt), Savea, Frizzell – S. Barrett, Retallick – Lomax, Taylor, De Groot
Subs: Cole, Williams, Newell, Whitelock, Papali, Christie, McKenzie, Lienert-Brown
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