Rugby Rugby World Cup 2019: Brodie Retallick returns to New Zealand starting line-up for Ireland quarter-final

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Brodie Retallick returns to the New Zealand starting line-up for their Rugby World Cup quarter-final clash against Ireland.

The lock has played just 30 minutes at the tournament after recovering from a dislocated shoulder.

Steve Hansen keeps faith with his dual playmaker, dual openside flanker system, with Beauden Barrett again starting at full-back and Ardie Savea wearing the six jersey.

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“There’s a lot of energy and excitement in the team which is normal for this stage of the tournament where the winner takes all. It will add extra pressure to both sides,” Hansen said of his selection.

“We feel we’ve selected a great mixture of talent in our 23, who are in great form, and the squad includes many players who have a lot of Rugby World Cup knockout match experience. Together with our experienced management team, that brings a deep understanding of what is needed to get the job done.

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“Past Rugby World Cup history is important because of the positive or negative experiences you’ve had. But ultimately it is what happens on the day that counts.”

Codie Taylor gets the nod over Dane Coles at hooker, joining Joe Moody and Nepo Laulala in the front row.

The return of Retallick sees him paired with familiar partner Sam Whitelock, with the impressive Scott Barrett only on the bench.

Savea is again accommodated on the blindside, with Kieran Read back into the side and Sam Cane giving the All Blacks two fetchers in the back row.

Aaron Smith and Richie Mo’unga start at scrum-half and fly-half.

The hotly contested midfield battle is won by Anton Lienert-Brown and Jack Goodhue, who start at second five-eighth and centre, with Sonny Bill Williams held in reserve.

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