Brodie Retallick Selection shock: All Blacks dump star for semifinal

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The All Blacks have made a bold call for their Rugby World Cup semifinal against England, opting to start Scott Barrett ahead of Sam Cane.

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As first reported by NZME, Barrett will start in the No 6 jersey at Yokohoma International Stadium on Saturday, with Ardie Savea moving across to the openside flanker position, and Cane dropping the bench.

Patrick and Liam discuss Steve Hansen’s selection for the All Blacks semifinal game against England. Video / Mark Mitchell

The inclusion of the Crusaders utility is the only change to the starting lineup from the All Blacks’ quarter-final thumping of Ireland, while on the bench, Patrick Tuipulotu comes in for the injured Matt Todd.

Dropping Cane is a shock – the Chiefs star hasn’t come off the bench for the All Blacks since taking on Argentina in September 2017, a run of 20 tests. When healthy, he has been the All Blacks’ mainstay openside flanker since the retirement of Richie McCaw after the 2015 World Cup, rarely putting a foot wrong in the test arena.

However, Barrett has provided the All Blacks with an extra dimension which has proven exceptional in recent times, giving the All Blacks added punch at lineout time, allowing Steve Hansen’s men to utilise three locks on the field, while n

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