Brodie Retallick All Blacks v Wales: New Zealand make multiples changes for Rugby World Cup third-fourth playoff

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Stuff journalists Jackson Thomas and Duncan Johnstone discuss the final matches of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Sentimental All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has given his departing players one last farewell in the black jersey.

Captain Kieran Read, midfielders Sonny Bill Williams and Ryan Crotty, and veteran wing Ben Smith will all start in Friday’s (10pm NZT) Rugby World Cup bronze medal game against Wales in Tokyo. Loose forward Matt Todd has also recovered from a shoulder injury to take his place on the bench in his last game for New Zealand.

Brodie Retallick Retiring All Black Ben Smith has been recalled to the side for Friday's Rugby World Cup third-fourth playoff against Wales.

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Retiring All Black Ben Smith has been recalled to the side for Friday’s Rugby World Cup third-fourth playoff against Wales.

Hansen has named eight starters from Saturday’s 19-7 semifinal loss to England. 

Loose forward Ardie Savea, who picked up a knee injury against England, has been ruled out for the third-fourth playoff with Sam Cane to wear the No 7 jersey.

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“This was a tough team to select because, as always, everyone wanted to play,” Hansen said. 

“But with a short turnaround and the nature of the tournament we feel that this is the right team for this occasion.

Brodie Retallick All Blacks No 8 Kieran Read will captain the side for the final time in his last test against Wales in Friday's Rugby World Cup bronze medal playoff.

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