New Zealand made two starting changes for its final Rugby Championship match against South Africa, picking Hosea Gear on the left wing in place of Julian Savea and replacing Luke Romano with Brodie Retallick at lock.
The All Blacks head into their Rugby World Cup semifinal with two playmakers who weren’t on the original squad as Colin Slade and Mils Muliaina joined Dan Carter in suffering tournament-ending injuries.
Australia beat Wales 20-19 and world champion New Zealand shut out Ireland in a record 60-0 rout to complete 3-0 wins in their rugby Test series. England avoided a sweep with a 14-14 tie in South Africa.
Australia recalled fly-half Quade Cooper and dropped full-back Kurtley Beale for this weekend’s Rugby Championship game against New Zealand, which made one change to the team that won the tournament opener.