All Blacks team to face Ireland in World Cup quarter-final

New Zealand perform Haka before facing South Africa in World Cup The All Blacks have lost two of their last three matches against Ireland (Adam Davy/PA)

Steve Hansen has named his All Blacks team to take on Ireland in Saturday's World Cup quarter-final.

Hansen has sprung a few surprises with his team selection for the match at the Tokyo Stadium, most notably selecting Brodie Retallick despite the Chiefs lock having just 30 minutes of this year's World Cup action under his belt.

But Hansen insists the 78-cap veteran is ready to go.

"Brodie is a bit of a freak when it comes to fitness. He's got a big motor. He's got the ability to play after long or short breaks, he has put the work in," he said.

"There's no question mark about that. It's all about how long we have to, or want to play him.

"We are very fortunate that we have got a lad called Scott Barrett who is a very good player in his own right so we have the ability to inject some fresh legs into the game.

"Those fresh legs could be the difference makers. We are very fortunate with our bench. It's strong and has been for a long time. When you look at that experience on the bench it does give you a bit of confidence."

New Zealand team to play Ireland

Forwards: 1 Joe Moody, 2 Codie Taylor, 3 Nepo Laulala, 4 Brodie Retallick, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 6 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane, 8 Kieran Read (Captain)

Backs: 9 Aaron Smith, 10 Richie Mo'unga, 11 George Bridge, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 13 Jack Goodhue, 14 Sevu Reece, 15 Beauden Barrett

Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Matt Todd, 21 T J Perenara, 22 Sonny Bill Williams, 23 Jordie Barrett

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