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Foster ring changes against Scotland

Blues winger Mark Tellea will make his All Blacks debut against Scotland on Monday.

Terrea will start from the right wing at Murrayfield for the All Blacks, but with a fresh seven-man line-up and two changes from the starting XV, he took the backline position that saw him win 55-23 against Wales last week. Only Caleb Clarke has kept .

As the Herald showed earlier this week, Jordy Barrett returned to full-back after a strong performance in the fifth set against Wales, with David Habili on 12 alongside Anton Rienert-Brown. returned to position. They lost to Ireland in Dublin last November.

Steven Perofeta is lined up for the third Test after Boden Barrett moved from fullback to the First Five and was named to the bench to replace a resting Richie Mounga.

The clash will also be a special occasion for Scottish-born Blues halfback Finlay Christie. With him earning promotion to face his hometown, TJ Perenara is poised to return to the All Blacks via the bench.

At forward, Samisoni Taukeiaho and Nepo Laulala joined Ethan De Groot on the front row, while Akiraioane replaced Shannon Frizel on the blindside flanker. Sam Whitelock captains the side and Scott Barrett will partner at Lock, while loose forwards Dalton Paparee and Ardie Savea will pair up for the second consecutive week after impressing against Wales. .

Head coach Ian Foster said: “In many ways, this test is important for the tour as a whole and a chance to show how we are building as a group.”

Foster got the chance to see how Terea fares in the test arena, where the 25-year-old Terrea was first called up as a Covid cover four months ago and has not played and has been forced to leave Japan for testing. It was drafted again as a cover before, when Lester Feingaanuk had to return home for family reasons, and later when Will Jordan was ruled out of testing in the UK due to inner ear problems. rice field.

The All Blacks-to-be number 1207 said he was surprised to hear his name called.

“I was just waiting for someone’s name to be called, but I was a little surprised. After this, I’m going straight to my homework.”

He said it was a special moment for his family, who were emotional upon hearing the news.

“For my family, it’s all the more special that they’ve seen all the work I’ve done and the results. That’s why it’s so special.

“I told my mother, father and sister and they were overjoyed and in tears. The old man was happy. He was there from the beginning and saw all the hard work. rice field.”

All Blacks v Scotland

Monday, 3:15 am Murrayfield

All Blacks: Geordie Barrett, Mark Teller, Anton Rinert-Brown, David Havili, Caleb Clarke, Boden Barrett, Finlay Christie, Ardie Savea, Dalton Papalii, Akira Ioane, Scott Barrett, Sam Whiterock (c), Nepo Laurala, Samisoni Taukeiaho and Ethan de Groot.

Reserves: Cody Taylor, George Bower, Fletcher Newell, Tupou Vaai, Shannon Frizel, TJ Perenara, Stephen Perofeta, Rieko Ioane.

https://www.odt.co.nz/star-news/star-sport/star-rugby/foster-rings-changes-scotland-clash Foster ring changes against Scotland

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