Mark Telea returns to New Zealand side for semi-final against Argentina

Mark Telea returns at left wing for game against Argentina
Mark Telea returns at left wing for game against Argentina
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New Zealand have recalled winger Mark Telea for Friday's Rugby World Cup semi-final against Argentina.

Telea was dropped in their quarter-final win over Ireland last weekend with head coach Ian Foster citing the 26-year-old was left out because of a breach in a team protocol.

He will now take the place of Leicester Fainga'anuku, who was one of New Zealand's try scorer against Ireland.

Foster has also made a second change for the semi-final with Sam Whitelock coming in for Brodie Retallick in the second row.

"That's the team we think best for this week," said Foster.

"He [Telea] has done his time. He made a mistake and accepted what happened but you don't linger in that space.

"We have got a faith in him and think he is in good place to play this game."

Meanwhile, Argentina have made one change to the encounter with Gonzalo Bertranou replacing Tomas Cubelli at scrum-half.

New Zealand: 15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Ethan de Groot

Reserves: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Tamaiti Williams, 18 Fletcher Newell, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Dalton Papali’i, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

Argentina: Mallia; Boffelli, Cinti, Chocobares, M Carreras; S Carreras, Bertranou; Gallo, Montoya (capt), Gomez Kodela, Petti, Lavanini, Gonzalez, Kremer, Isa.

Replacements: Creevy, Sclavi, Bello, Alemanno, Bruni, Bazan Velez, Sanchez, Moroni.