Sonny Bill Williams expected to make a comeback
13 September, 2018, 3:15 pm
SONNY Bill Williams is expected to make a comeback from the bench for the All Blacks when they take on South Africa in the Rugby Championship this Saturday.
Coach Steve Hansen has made 10 changes to his run-on side while five changes have been made on the bench.
Ryan Crotty, Sam Cane and Rieko Ioane all made the starting line-up after missing last week’s test against Argentina because of injury.
Aaron Smith and Beauden Barrett are reunited in the halves while Anton Lienert-Brown will play at outside centre.
Rieko Ioane returns from injury to the left wing, while Ben Smith moves to the right wing to make way for Jordie Barrett at fullback.
In the forwards, Sam Whitelock moves into the number four jersey, with Brodie Retallick injured, and Patrick Tuipulotu comes onto the bench as lock cover for his first test of 2018.
Liam Squire and Cane return as flankers with Otago Highlanders rake Liam Coltman promoted to back up hooker ahead of Nathan Harris.
The unbeaten All Blacks lead the rugby championship with 15 points from three bonus-point wins.
South Africa, Argentina and Australia have one win each, with South Africa second on the table courtesy of two bonus points.
When the All Blacks last played South Africa in Cape Town last year, they scraped home 25-24 to complete a clean sweep of the championship, after comfortably winning the first leg 57-0 in New Zealand.
The All Blacks take on South Africa at 7.35pm on Saturday, September 15.