July 11, 2024

All Blacks team named to play England at Eden Park

All Blacks Head Coach Scott Robertson and his co-selectors, Assistant Coaches Scott Hansen, Jason Holland, Leon MacDonald and Jason Ryan have named their All Blacks team to play England in the second match of the 2024 Steinlager Ultra Low Carb Series at Eden Park in Auckland.

LIVE on Sky Sport: Saturday 13 July: All Blacks vs England, 7.05PM (NZST).

All Blacks match-day 23 (Test caps in brackets, * indicates uncapped)

1. Ethan De Groot (23)
2. Codie Taylor (86)
3. Tyrel Lomax (33)
4. Scott Barrett (70) (Captain)
5. Patrick Tuipulotu (44)
6. Samipeni Finau (2)
7. Dalton Papali’i (33)
8. Ardie Savea (82) (Vice Captain)
9. Finlay Christie (22)
10. Damian McKenzie (48)
11. Mark Tele’a (10)
12. Jordie Barrett (58) (Vice Captain)
13. Rieko Ioane (70)
14. Sevu Reece (24)
15. Stephen Perofeta (4)

16. Asafo Aumua (7)
17. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (58)
18. Fletcher Newell (14)
19. Tupou Vaa’i (26)
20. Luke Jacobson (19)
21. Cortez Ratima (0)*
22. Anton Lienert-Brown (71)
23. Beauden Barrett (124)

Halfback Finlay Christie is the only change to the All Blacks starting fifteen named for the second Test of the Steinlager Ultra Low Carb series against England at Eden Park, while Cortez Ratima is set for his Test debut after being named in the match-day 23.

Christie earns the No.9 jersey after coming on as a substitute during the first Test win in Dunedin in place of TJ Perenara, who has been ruled out of the second Test with a leg injury. It will be Christie’s first Test start since the All Blacks 23-20 win over Australia in Dunedin in August 2023. He will feed an otherwise unchanged backline led by first five eighth Damian McKenzie and bookended by fullback Stephen Perofeta.

King Country-born Ratima, 23, who was one of five new caps in the All Blacks squad for the 2024 Steinlager Ultra Low Carb Series, is set to become the first of those players to be capped.

In the forwards, Samipeni Finau has been cleared to play and will start at blindside flanker with openside Dalton Papali’i and No.8 Ardie Savea once again completing the loose trio, in an otherwise unchanged pack.

All Blacks Head Coach Scott Robertson said the squad was prepared and ready to win the series at Eden Park.

“Finlay has worked hard and earned his place in the starting side and it will be a proud day for Cortez and his whānau. He’s a talented young man who is ready for Test footy,” Robertson said. “We can feel New Zealand’s support here in Auckland and we will hear it at a sold-out Eden Park. It’s a very special venue to the All Blacks, and we’re going there on Saturday to win the series against England.”

The All Blacks winning record at Eden Park stretches back to 1994 and has included 48 wins and two draws since. The All Blacks secured the Hillary Shield in Dunedin with a 16-15 first Test win and can secure the Steinlager Ultra Low Carb Series Trophy with a win at Eden Park.

All Blacks team named to play England at Eden Park