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The All Blacks have sprung few surprises in their line-up to play Ireland in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.
As expected, Brodie Retallick starts despite only playing 30 minutes at the World Cup so far, while Jack Goodhue gets the nod ahead of Ryan Crotty and Sonny Bill Williams despite a similar lack of gametime.
Richie Mo’unga starts at first-five with Beauden Barrett at fullback as the All Blacks retain their dual playmaking options, while Codie Taylor is perhaps the one slight surprise in the starting XV, edging out Dane Coles for the starting hooker berth.
On the bench, Jordie Barrett is selected ahead of Ben Smith as the utility back option.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen explained his side.
“We feel we’ve selected a great mixture of talent in our 23, who are in great form, and th
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