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All Blacks make 4 changes for B-Bok


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, RWC 2011, Springboks, Tri Nations on 27 Jul 2011 at 22:32
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All Blacks.com reports that the All Blacks coaches have named four changes for their opening match of the Investec Tri Nations against South Africa in Wellington on Saturday night.

Starting XV:

1. Wyatt Crockett (4)
2. Andrew Hore (51)
3. Ben Franks (8)
4. Samuel Whitelock (14)
5. Ali Williams (62)
6. Jerome Kaino (38)
7. Richie McCaw – captain (95)
8. Adam Thomson (18)
9. Jimmy Cowan (45)
10. Daniel Carter (80)
11. Zac Guildford (5)
12. Ma’a Nonu (57)
13. Conrad Smith (46)
14. Cory Jane (22)
15. Mils Muliaina (95)

Reserves:

16. Corey Flynn (13)
17. John Afoa (31)
18. Jarrad Hoeata (1)
19. Liam Messam (7)
20. Piri Weepu (45)
21. Colin Slade (2)
22. Sonny Bill Williams (4)

Number of Test caps in brackets

The starting XV features four changes from the team that played against Fiji last week. In the forwards, Samuel Whitelock returns to the second row, replacing last week’s Test debutant Jarrad Hoeata (All Black number 1109), who moves to the bench, while Jerome Kaino is back in his regular starting position at blindside flanker, with Adam Thomson moving to number eight, and Liam Messam to the bench.

In the backs, Daniel Carter returns to the number 10 jersey while Cory Jane has recovered from his finger injury and is on the right wing, with Zac Guildford moving to the left wing.

The key change on the bench is the selection of midfielder Sonny Bill Williams – replacing Ben Smith in the number 22 jersey – who looks set to make his first Test appearance at home.

Meanwhile, the six points scored by Daniel Carter against Fiji has now seen him move to just two points from again becoming the highest points scorer in Test history. Carter is on 1,194 Test points with England’s Jonny Wilkinson on 1,195 points.

Graham Henry said the Springboks would be hurting after last week’s loss to Australia and would come out firing.

“They are a proud rugby nation and won’t want a repeat performance so we will have to be ready for that challenge. But we have had a good build–up this week and have picked a team we know that will be up for that challenge,” he said.

Players returning from injury not considered for selection include Richard Kahui (hamstring), Tony Woodcock (foot), Isaia Toeava (hip), Hosea Gear (hamstring) and Israel Dagg (thigh muscle). Toeava will be available for Auckland’s ITM Cup match against Taranaki in New Plymouth on Sunday, while Woodcock will also return to rugby next week, available for North Harbour’s match against Manawatu in Palmerston North next Tuesday.

The All Blacks and Springboks have played each other 81 times, with 45 wins to the All Blacks, 33 to South Africa and three draws. The last Test was last year’s thriller at the National Stadium in Johannesburg, which the All Blacks won 29–22. As well as Investec Tri Nations points, the Freedom Cup, the trophy contested by the two teams since 2004, will again be up for grabs.



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