New Zealand vs Samoa on June 16th

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New Zealand vs Samoa on June 16th

New Zealand vs Samoa on June 16th

Venue

Eden Park, Auckland

The lions will be watching as they prepare for the All Blacks warm-up test.

8 day prior to the series opener for British & Irish Lions, New Zealand’s Test comes to you today. This will be closely monitored by Lions as they get the idea of the challenge they will face soon.

 

New Zealand

They have selected a strong team to face the Samoa & Lions coach Warren Gatland believes it gives an insight into their selection thinking & the style they will adopt.

He mentioned that it looks a strong side and I don’t think they would make many changes for the game vs Samoa. They are trying to get a game to prepare.

The All Blacks & Lions have 1 similarity that they will now be under a new captain respectively. Kieran Read has a broken thumb & Ben smith will lead them here.

For Lions, Peter O’Mahony will captain against Maori. The Lions were beaten by Maori when the teams last met in 2005 but All Blacks were lucky to defeat Samoa 25-16 in their most-recent meeting in Apia in 2015.

Samoa

Head coach Steve Hansen said, we asked for this game to get some preparations, but this itself has become important for us. Samoa is going to kick off the qualifying stage of their Rugby World Cup campaign, hence they become more potent.

Samoa takes this match as a springboard into mid-year internationals that includes World Cup qualifying games during the Pacific Nations Cup.

All boys know the importance and we play best teams in the world. It can be a long day if they allow things to slip out of their hands.

New Zealand

  1. Joe Moody
  2. Codie Taylor
  3. Owen Franks
  4. Brodie Retallick
  5. Sam Whitelock
  6. Jerome Kaino
  7. Sam Cane
  8. Ardie Savea
  9. Aaron Smit
  10. Beauden Barrett
  11. Julian Savea
  12. Sonny Bill Williams
  13. Anton Lienert-Brown
  14. Israel Dagg
  15. Ben Smith (c)

Replacements

  1. Nathan Harris
  2. Wyatt Crockett
  3. Charlie Faumuina
  4. Scott Barrett
  5. Vaea Fifita
  6. TJ Perenara
  7. Lima Sopoaga
  8. Jordie Barrett.

Samoa

  1. Viliamu Afati
  2. Maatulimanu Leiataua
  3. Census Johnston
  4. Chris Vui
  5. Faatiga Lemalu
  6. Piula Faasalele
  7. Jack Lam
  8. Faifili Levave
  9. Kahn Fotualii (c)
  10. Tusiata Pisi
  11. Tim Nanai Williams
  12. Alapati Leiua
  13. Kieron Fonotia
  14. Albert Nikoro
  15. Ah See Tuala

Replacements

  1. Seilala Lam
  2. Nephi Leatigaga
  3. Paul Alo-Emile
  4. Taiasina Tuifua
  5. Alafoti Faosiliva
  6. Auvasa Falealii
  7. D’Angelo Leuila
  8. Ken Pisi.

 

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New Zealand vs Samoa on June 16th

 

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