Rugby

Brodie Retallick wins second-row start for New Zealand in World Cup final

Brodie Retallick (pictured) got the nod over Sam Whitelock to start the 2023 Rugby World Cup final for New Zealand (Ben Whitley/PA)
Brodie Retallick (pictured) got the nod over Sam Whitelock to start the 2023 Rugby World Cup final for New Zealand (Ben Whitley/PA) Brodie Retallick (pictured) got the nod over Sam Whitelock to start the 2023 Rugby World Cup final for New Zealand (Ben Whitley/PA)

Brodie Retallick has won the vote to start in the second-row for New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa.

Retallick comes in for Sam Whitelock in the only change from the All Blacks side that overpowered Argentina 44-6 in the semi-final last Friday.

Whitelock replaced Retallick against Argentina but now moves to the bench for Saturday’s final at the Stade de France in Paris.

The 35-year-old Whitelock will become the first man to play in three World Cup finals, should he come off the bench.

Tight-head prop Nepo Laulala replaces Fletcher Newell on the All Blacks bench.

Brothers Scott, Jordie and Beauden Barrett all feature in the starting XV, which openside flanker Sam Cane captains.

The All Blacks, like South Africa, are chasing a record fourth title after triumphs in 1987, 2011 and 2015.