Fijian Sevu Reece to start in No 14

Fijian born Sevu Reece has earned his right wing position against England in the first Rugby World Cup semi final this Saturday at 7pm(Vanuatu time).

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen announced his side yesterday.

Reece who hails from the province of Kadavu in Fiji has been instrumental for the All Blacks in this RWC campaign and will definitely put up a devastating performance against England.

Hansen said: “There’s no doubt that this is a huge game and there’s a lot of excitement around it. We know what we have to do and we’ve had a great week’s preparation.

“The team is exactly where we want to be, mentally and physically, ahead of the weekend.

“We’re really looking forward to this opportunity. It’s all about this game and the moments it will bring. In these moments, the word pressure is bandied around quite readily.

However, that pressure is always there whenever you play quality opposition, regardless of who you are. It’s about how you handle that in the moment and not getting distracted by the past or the future.”

Hansen added: “Both teams have a common goal, which is to make the Final. However, we’ve arrived at this point with vastly different experiences from previous Rugby World Cups. No doubt, those experiences will resurface throughout the week and even in the game itself.

“Let’s hope the game lives up to the expectation that both teams will have, and is one for the ages.” There is one change to the matchday 23 which won the quarter-final against Ireland last weekend. Lock Patrick Tuipulotu comes onto the bench. Ardie Savea moves to seven with Scott Barrett at six, and Sam Cane will provide added impact from the bench.

All Blacks team to play England:

Beauden Barrett, Sevu Reece, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Bridge, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Ardie Savea, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Nepo Laulala, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody.

Reserves: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Angus Ta’avao, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Sonny Bill Williams, Jordie Barrett.

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