Rugby World Cup Four changes for All Blacks as Moody makes bench

Steve Hansen has made four changes for New Zealand's quarter-final against France and expects an "intense" encounter in Cardiff.

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Having been on the other side of the world for New Zealand's final pool match at the Rugby World Cup, Joe Moody will line up among the replacements for Saturday's quarter-final against France.

Moody only linked up with the All Blacks squad over the weekend, after vastly experienced prop Tony Woodcock was ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury.

And the Crusaders man could now make his ninth Test appearance from the bench as New Zealand aim to avenge their 2007 last-eight defeat to France at the Millennium Stadium.

Head coach Steve Hansen has made four changes to his starting XV.

Skipper Richie McCaw predictably returns at openside flanker, while Wyatt Crockett takes over from Woodcock at loosehead prop and there are also recalls for Brodie Retallick and Julian Savea.

"We're exactly where we want to be - playing a quarter-final at [the] Millennium Stadium," said Hansen.

"This team has always been about making its own history. We've known for a long time that this match-up may be a possibility and we're really looking forward to it. There are not many better places to play than a packed Millennium Stadium.

"All Blacks - French Tests are always intense affairs and we expect this weekend to be no different. The French will be very physical and both teams have plenty to play for.

"We're at the time in the tournament where the big boys have to step up to the plate and the team that does this the best will move through to the next round. It's as simple as that. We can't wait."

New Zealand: Ben Smith, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (captain), Kieran Read.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Joe Moody, Charlie Faumuina, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Sonny Bill Williams.

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