Rugby World Cup 2019: Rieko Ioane returns for All Blacks against Canada

The All Blacks have recalled wing Rieko Ioane among a host of changes for their Rugby World Cup pool game against Canada in Oita on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old was once a fixture in the No.11 jersey, until a combination of injury, poor form, and the emergence of George Bridge saw him fall out of favour with the selectors. 

He will play his first test since the heavy 47-26 loss to the Wallabies in the Bledisloe opener in Perth last month. 

Overall, there are 11 changes to the starting side that beat South Africa in their tournament opener last week, meaning every player in the 31-man group aside from the recovering Brodie Retallick will have made an appearance in Japan.

"Whilst there's a huge amount of energy and excitement amongst the whole team about what lies ahead," said coach Steve Hansen. "This week, there has been a real focus on ourselves and our own standards.

"We've been working hard.  We know we have to keep growing our game. We've always been demanding of ourselves when it comes to continued improvement, and that will never change.  By doing so, it allows us to have the right attitude, intent and execution."

 Rugby World Cup 2019: Rieko Ioane returns for All Blacks against Canada

TJ Perenara earns the start at halfback with Brad Weber set to come off the bench, while Sonny Bill Williams and Jack Goodhue combine in the run-on midfield, backed up by Ryan Crotty.

Goodhue will play his first test in almost two months, having recovered from his hamstring issue.

All three Barrett brothers will take the field - Scott to start at lock, Beauden at fullback, and Jordie on the right wing.

The tight five has been completely overhauled with Atu Moli, Liam Coltman, Angus Ta'avao, and Patrick Tuipulotu getting the nod alongside Barrett. Sam Whitelock provides locking cover off the pine.

In the loose forwards, Shannon Frizell bumps Ardie Savea to the bench and Matt Todd gives Sam Cane a spell in the No.7 jersey, as captain Kieran Read anchors the back of the scrum for the team against whom he made his test debut in 2011.

The All Blacks will face Canada for the sixth time - the fourth at a World Cup - on Wednesday, as the Canucks look to bounce back from their 48-7 drubbing at the hands of Italy on Thursday.

"We know they're a proud nation who are led by Tyler Ardron, a player who we respect and know very well from his time in New Zealand with the Chiefs," Hansen added.

"We are sure his attitude of not taking a backward step will be reflected throughout the whole team.  That means we need to impose ourselves on the game from the very start."

All Blacks: 1-Atu Moli 2-Liam Coltman, 3-Angus Ta'avao, 4-Patrick Tuipulotu, 5-Scott Barrett, 6-Shannon Frizell, 7-Matt Todd, 8-Kieran Read (c), 9-TJ Perenara, 10-Richie Mo'unga, 11-Rieko Ioane, 12-Sonny Bill Williams, 13-Jack Goodhue, 14-Jordie Barrett, 15-Beauden Barrett 

Reserves: 16-Codie Taylor, 17-Ofa Tuungafasi, 18-Nepo Laulala, 19-Sam Whitelock, 20-Ardie Savea, 21-Brad Weber, 22-Ryan Crotty, 23-Ben Smith

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