New Zealand recalled blindside flanker Liam Messam in one of five starting changes for this weekend’s Rugby Championship match against South Africa as the two top-ranked teams in the world meet in Auckland.
New Zealand beat South Africa 38-27 to retain the Rugby Championship title with its second straight sweep of the southern hemisphere competition. Australia routed Argentina 54-17 to leave the Pumas winless in last place.
New Zealand made six changes to face Argentina in the Rugby Championship this weekend, naming Julian Savea on the wing for his third Test start and calling up Aaron Cruden at fly-half after Dan Carter was ruled out.
New Zealand made four personnel changes to its starting lineup for Saturday’s Tri-Nations rugby Test against South Africa in Wellington, while Adam Thomson was chosen at No. 8 to complete the full set of loose forward roles.