Rugby World Cup 2015: New Zealand make one change

New Zealand's Joe Moody (centre)
Joe Moody came off the bench during New Zealand's quarter-final victory over France
South Africa v New Zealand
Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 24 October Kick-off: 16:00 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live, plus live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

New Zealand have made one change for Saturday's World Cup semi-final against South Africa with Joe Moody replacing injured prop Wyatt Crockett.

Crockett has not recovered from the groin injury he suffered during the 62-13 quarter-final victory over France.

Moody, 27, was only called into the squad because of a tournament-ending injury suffered by Tony Woodcock.

Winger Nehe Milner-Skudder, scorer of five tries in the tournament, has shaken off a shoulder knock and starts.

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Milner-Skudder did not return after half time in the win over France in Cardiff.

He was replaced by Beauden Barrett with Ben Smith switching from full-back to the wing.

New Zealand have been given permission to bring an extra prop, Pauliasi Manu, due to Crockett being injured.

However, the All Blacks expect Crockett to be fit next week.

Prop Ben Franks has been promoted to the replacements' bench.

Richie McCaw, 34, is closing in on two new records.

He will set a World Cup record in captaining his side for the 12th time in the competition surpassing the 11 captain's appearances by England duo Martin Johnson and Will Carling, Raphael Ibanez of France, John Smit of South Africa and Wales's Sam Warburton.

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With his 21st appearance in a World Cup match, McCaw closes within one of the competition record - 22 by England's Jason Leonard.

"Richie has become one if the great leaders in world rugby," said All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen.

"There's a lot of mental fortitude there. He's massively important."

What they say

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen: "We've put a full stop on last weekend's performance and have been slowly building throughout the week to produce another game we can all be proud off.

"These games have a 'live-or-die' nature to them and both teams will be desperate to advance.

"As a group we are really looking forward to this challenge. It will require a massive amount of intensity and composure and accurate skill execution.

"The team has high expectation of itself and enjoys the big occasion."


New Zealand: Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (captain), Kieran Read; Aaron Smith, Dan Carter, Julian Savea, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Ben Smith.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams.

Match stats

  • South Africa are one of two sides to hold a winning record over the All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup (the other being Australia), while another win would see the Springboks become the first team to beat the All Blacks three times in the competition.
  • A win for the All Blacks would be their 13th consecutive victory in the Rugby World Cup - the longest run ever recorded in the tournament.
  • Bryan Habana is the only player to appear in every minute of this tournament so far, while Francois Louw has played more minutes than any other forward in the competition (387).
  • South Africa have the best tackle success rate in the competition so far, completing 91% of their tackles and missing an average of just 12 per game.
  • Flanker Schalk Burger (80) has made 20 more carries than any other player at this tournament. He also ranks third for most tackles (55) and third for most offloads (17).

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