All Blacks v South Africa: Ian Foster targets improvement after minimal changes to side against Springboks

All Blacks coach Ian Foster has largely stuck to his guns for the side's final clash of the Rugby Championship against the Springboks.

Just four changes have been made to the starting side that narrowly edged the world champions 19-17 last weekend.

And with the Rugby Championship already secure, Foster's keen to give players a rare opportunity to test themselves against the Springboks.

With the Rugby Championship guaranteed to return to New Zealand Rugby HQ, Foster can afford to relax.

But while on the one hand he's happy to give some their first starts against the Springboks, on the other he wants redemption - after a less than convincing display last week.

"We haven't wanted to compromise on the result we want," he says.

"In order to get the lessons, putting a large part of that group out again is gonna be important."

While he was pleased with the result, Foster wants more out of the performance. The back three failed to defuse the Springboks' aerial attack and Foster hopes exposing more players to those sorts of tests will be beneficial.

All Blacks v South Africa: Ian Foster targets improvement after minimal changes to side against Springboks

"A lot of people who are playing are still learning the art of international rugby."

Saturday is a chance for those players to prove they can match it against the All Blacks' fiercest rivals.

"[I'm] really looking forward to getting amongst that and testing myself against one of the most physical packs in the world," says loose forward Luke Jacobson.

"It was always on my bucket list to play the Springboks growing up, and watching them play the All Blacks," adds hooker Asafo Aumua.

While some will get their first taste of what playing the Springboks is like, Foster also gets his key playmaker back.

Richie Mo'unga will come off the bench after undergoing two weeks' quarantine in Brisbane.

"He's come over and he's here for a reason," says Foster. "[We're] excited about having him on the bench."

Foster hopes he's got his balance right, as the All Blacks look to stay undefeated in 2021.

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