Brodie Retallick All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick braced for “fiery” South African test

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Brodie Retallick All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick is prepared for a tough match against the Springboks this weekend.

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All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick is prepared for a tough match against the Springboks this weekend.

Brodie Retallick is ready for whatever South Africa will throw at him on Saturday night.

The All Blacks lock missed last year’s 36-34 loss to the Springboks in Wellington because of a shoulder injury picked up the previous weekend against Argentina, but he has had enough tussles over the years with the men in green to know what to expect.

“I think it’s going to be a fiery one,” he said this week.

Brodie Retallick All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock catches a lineout throw at training in Lower Hutt on Tuesday.

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All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock catches a lineout throw at training in Lower Hutt on Tuesday.

That sentiment was not just because of the intense rivalry between the two sides and the physical approach of South Africa, particularly in the forwards.

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Both teams rested a slew of frontline players for their Rugby Championship openers last weekend, leading Retallick to think an extra edge would be added to this weekend’s contest at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

“The way we’ve approached it, with the boys

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