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Epic semi-final battle set for Yokohama

Epic semi-final battle set for Yokohama

Niël Terblanché

IF the All Blacks are able to dodge all the bullets fired at them by a very determined England during the upcoming semi-final clash of the 2019 Rugby World Cup they will be just 80 minutes away from becoming the first national team in history to win three consecutive Webb Ellis Cups.


It has been 12 years since New Zealand last lost a game in a World Cup tournament and having beaten South Africa in the pool stages and not having lost to Wales for 66 years, there are legitimate grounds for optimism.


There is no doubt that the will be a blockbuster Rugby World Cup semi-final between the top two teams in the global rankings.
The match is set to kick off at 10:00.


New Zealand

15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Scott Barrett, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Cody Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.


Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Sonny Bill Williams, 23 Jordie Barrett.



15 Elliot Daly, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.


Substitutes: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Dan Cole, 19 George Kruis, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Willi Heinz, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Jonathan Joseph.

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