Akira Ioane starts for the All Blacks 'vital' test against Argentina

Akira Ioane starts for the All Blacks 'vital' test against Argentina

The All Blacks team has been named to play Argentina in the Tri Nations Test at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle, on Saturday 28 November.

The key feature of the squad is the selection of loosehead prop Joe Moody in his 50th Test. Moody made his Test debut in 2014, and has started 42 of his Tests to date. The matchday 23 also sees prop Nepo Laulala come into the starting front row, with Tyrel Lomax moving onto the bench alongside Karl Tu'inukuafe; lock Scott Barrett starts with Patrick Tuipulotu on the bench; and loose forward Akira Ioane will start in the number six jersey, after his Test debut against Australia in Brisbane was cut short.


In the backs reserves, TJ Perenara returns, while outside back Will Jordan, who also had limited time in the Brisbane Test, will also get another opportunity, coming off the bench. 

Foster has also congratulated Moody on his milestone.


"He's a key part of our group; he's rock solid and goes about his work in a really good way.  He's a popular member of the team and it's a great achievement for him."

The matchday 23 is as follows (Number of Test caps in brackets):


 
 
 
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