Karl Tu’inkuafe re­places Joe Moody in All Blacks side to face Eng­land

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An in­jury to Joe Moody has forced All Blacks coach Steve Hansen to tweak his strong­est pos­si­ble side for the Test against Eng­land at Twick­en­ham on Satur­day. Moody suf­fered a torn eye­lid dur­ing train­ing ear­lier this week and has been ruled out for up to six weeks, with Karl Tu’inukuafe re­plac­ing him as loose­head prop at Twick­en­ham.

“Joe Moody has found a way to get him­self in­jured in un­usual fash­ion this year,” Hansen said. “Any­one else it would prob­a­bly have missed his eye. [The] plas­tic sur­geon has rec­om­mended six weeks and as our doc­tor de­scribed it, your eye­lid is your win­dow washer so if you’ve got half of it miss­ing... it will im­pact your eye­sight long term, so we need to make sure he is OK.”

Hansen has also de­cided to stick with the dual play­maker op­tions he used against Aus­tralia in Yoko­hama last month with Damian McKen­zie re­tained at full­back and Beau­den Bar­rett at fly­half. Richie Mo’unga, who im­pressed at fly­half against Ja­pan last week in Tokyo, has also been named in the match-day 23.

Aaron Smith, who was on the bench for the Aus­tralia game, has re­gained the start­ing scrumhalf role from TJ Per­e­nara, who drops into the re­place­ments. Cen­tre Jack Good­hue has also re­turned to the start­ing side after he missed both Tests in Ja­pan due to glan­du­lar fever. He flew straight to Eng­land from New Zealand. Good­hue will link with Sonny Bill Wil­liams in the mid­field with an eye on next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Hansen has al­ready seen how well Wil­liams and Ryan Crotty play to­gether, but with Good­hue fast de­vel­op­ing as the first-choice cen­tre, the coach wants to see how the pair gel.

For­mer start­ing hooker Dane Coles has also re­turned to the 23, but will come off the bench after Codie Tay­lor took his game to new lev­els this year. Coles started last week’s win over Ja­pan after a se­ri­ous knee in­jury that he sus­tained against France last Novem­ber kept him on the side­lines for all of this year.

New Zealand: 15-Damian McKen­zie, 14-Ben Smith, 13-Jack Good­hue, 12-Sonny Bill Wil­liams, 11-Rieko Ioane, 10-Beau­den Bar­rett, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-

Kieran Read (cap­tain), 7-Ardie Savea, 6Liam Squire, 5-Brodie Re­tal­lick, 4-Sam White­lock, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Codie Tay­lor, 1-Karl Tu’inukuafe. Re­place­ments: 16-Dane Coles, 17-Ofa Tu’un­gafasi, 18-Nepo Laulala, 19-Scott Bar­rett, 20-Matt Todd, 21-TJ Per­e­nara, 22-Richie Mo’unga, 23-Ryan Crotty

New Zealand’s Karl Tu’inukuafe will re­place Joe Moody at loose­head prop at Twick­en­ham. Pho­to­graph: Peter Cz­i­borra/Ac­tion Images viaReuters

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