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Lock Brodie Retallick has returned for the All Blacks in arguably their strongest side for Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal against Ireland in Tokyo.

The three-times world champions gave squad players and those returning from injury some game time and trialled combinations against Canada and Namibia but were unable to field their top side against Italy after the match was cancelled due to Typhoon Hagibis.

Retallick and hooker Codie Taylor were the only changes to the pack that opened their campaign against South Africa with a 23-13 victory in Yokohama.

Retallick returned against Namibia on Oct 6 after two months out with a dislocated shoulder. He played 30 minutes in Tokyo before being substituted to manage his playing time but was unable to get more minutes into his legs ahead of the quarterfin

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