All Blacks coach promises big match against Springboks

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen on Thursday promised "a performance to be proud of" in Saturday's World Cup semi-final against South Africa as he announced just one change to his team.

The All Blacks trail the Springboks 1-2 in the head to head record at Rugby World Cups.   -  Getty Images

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen on Thursday promised “a performance to be proud of” in Saturday's World Cup semi-final against South Africa as he announced just one change to his team.

Joe Moody comes in for loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett who suffered a groin strain in the All Blacks 62-13 quarter-final win over France.

“We're ready to go,” Hansen said ahead of the Twickenham clash.

The defending champions had prepared well during the week to “produce another game we can all be proud of” after demolishing France.

“Though we've met (South Africa) many times over the years, we've only played three times at the Rugby World Cup and these Cup finals matches are totally different,” Hansen said. “They have a live-or-die nature to them and both teams will be desperate to advance. As a group we're really looking forward to this challenge. It will require a massive amount of intensity and composure and accurate skill execution. This team has high expectations of it and enjoys the big occasions.”

Moody was called into the New Zealand side after Tony Woodcock was injured out of the tournament in their final pool game against Tonga.

This is fewest changes the All Blacks have made to their starting line-up so far in the tournament and the smallest between successive World Cup matches since making no changes at all to the side that defeated Australia in the 2011 semi-finals and went on to beat France in the final.

Wing Julian Savea, who scored three of the All Blacks nine tries against France, has scored eight tries to equal the single Tournament record held by South Africa's Bryan Habana, who he faces on Saturday and All Blacks great Jonah Lomu.