Keven Mealamu has hailed Steve Hansen for pulling off the “pretty crazy” plan of moving Beauden Barrett to full-back.
Rugby World Cup
The semi-final line-up at the Rugby World Cup has been decided following a dramatic weekend of action in Japan.
South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus believes adding Japan to the Rugby Championship would be an “interesting” proposition but fears logistical hurdles will make it impossible.
The battle for Rugby World Cup semi-final places will be completed on Sunday.
England will face New Zealand in Yokohama next Saturday with a place in the Rugby World Cup final at stake.
Aaron Smith’s two tries drove the merciless New Zealand a step closer to an unprecedented third-straight World Cup title with a 46-14 quarter-final victory over Ireland.
England stormed into the World Cup semi-finals as two tries from Jonny May underpinned a record-equalling 40-16 victory over Australia at Oita Stadium.
Yutaka Nagare says Japan can expect face a hand-to-hand battle with South Africa on Sunday but believes the speed and energy of the Brave Blossoms might just be enough to overcome the Springboks’ brute power.
Billy Vunipola has stunned his England team-mates out of “fairyland” by declaring their World Cup could be over on Saturday.
Jamie Joseph believes Japan have lulled South Africa into a false sense of security ahead of Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final.
Johnny Sexton has warned New Zealand that any repeat of their strong-arm tactics from Dublin in 2016 will lead to red cards in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final.