Beauden Barrett All Blacks

There is some good news for the All Blacks and their coach Ian Foster ahead of Saturday’s Test against the Springboks at Ellis Park. Photo: Twitter @AllBlacks

Finally SOME good news for the All Blacks!

There is some good news for the All Blacks and their coach Ian Foster ahead of Saturday’s Test against the Springboks at Ellis Park.

Beauden Barrett All Blacks

There is some good news for the All Blacks and their coach Ian Foster ahead of Saturday’s Test against the Springboks at Ellis Park. Photo: Twitter @AllBlacks

There is some good news for the under-fire All Blacks and their coach Ian Foster ahead of Saturday’s Test against the Springboks at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

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And that news is, even in defeat – by whatever margin – they cannot drop lower than their current fifth place in the World Rugby rankings!

That fifth place represents the lowest the once mighty All Blacks have ever been ranked.

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Meanwhile, an unlikely win by the All Blacks by 16 or more points would see them move to third place, overtaking the Springboks who would slip to fourth.

An All Blacks victory by fewer than 16 points would see them move to fourth with the Springboks remaining in third.

Finally, a Springboks win by any margin would see them move into second place, ahead of France.

Ireland cannot be surpassed by any final score in either on the weekend’s two Rugby Championship matches.

Kick-off at Ellis Park is scheduled for 17:05.

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SPRINGBOKS V ALL BLACKS

TEAMS:

South Africa

15 Damian Willemse (Stormers), 14 Jesse Kriel (Canon Eagles), 13 Lukhanyo Am (Sharks), 12 Damian de Allende (Wild Knights), 11 Makazole Mapimpi (Sharks), 10 Handre Pollard (Leicester Tigers), 9 Jaden Hendrikse (Sharks), 8 Duane Vermeulen (Ulster), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (Toyota Verblitz), 6 Siya Kolisi (captain, Sharks), 5 Lood de Jager (Wild Knights), 4 Eben Etzebeth (Sharks), 3 Frans Malherbe (Stormers), 2 Joseph Dweba (Stormers), 1 Ox Nche (Sharks)

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx (Kubota Spears), 17 Steven Kitshoff (Stormers), 18 Vincent Koch (Wasps), 19 Franco Mostert (Honda Heat), 20 Jasper Wiese (Leicester Tigers), 21 Kwagga Smith (Shizuoka Blue Revs), 22 Hershel Jantjies (Stormers), 23 Willie le Roux (Toyota Verblitz)

All Blacks

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Ethan de Groot

Substitutes: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 George Bower, 18 Fletcher Newell, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Quinn Tupaea

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