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AB’s named (and Cowan must stop drinking!)


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations on 1 Jul 2008 at 08:20

New Zealand have made four changes to their starting side for Saturday’s Tri-Nations opener against world champions South Africa.

Number eight Jerome Kaino replaced injured captain Richie McCaw in a reshuffled back row and prop Tony Woodcock will make his first start of the season at the expense of Neemia Tialata, according to SuperRugby.

Coach Graham Henry made two changes in the backline, recalling outside centre Conrad Smith and fullback Mils Muliaina for Richard Kahui and Leon MacDonald.

“South Africa has a very strong team right now and we have a huge challenge in front of us,” Henry said in a statement.

With McCaw unavailable, Rodney So’oialo takes over the captaincy and his position at openside flanker, moving from the back of the scrum to accommodate Kaino.

Lock Ali Williams was also named in the starting side despite not being able to train since spraining his ankle in the second test against England two weekends ago.

“Ali is an experienced player and the limited preparation shouldn’t be an issue,” Henry said. “We just need to get his ankle right first.”

Jimmy Cowan was retained as reserve scrumhalf after fronting a New Zealand Rugby Union disciplinary hearing after being arrested twice in two months for drinking-related offences.

He was fined and ordered to undergo alcohol counselling but allowed to keep his place in the squad on the condition that he gives up booze.

“Jimmy must change his behaviour if he wants to be a professional rugby player in New Zealand,” All Blacks manager Darren Shand said in a statement.

“We have made it a condition of his employment that he stop drinking altogether. This is his last chance.

New Zealand team – 15-Mils Muliaina, 14-Sitiveni Sivivatu, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma’a Nonu, 11-Rudi Wulf, 10-Dan Carter, 9-Andy Ellis, 8-Jerome Kaino, 7-Rodney So’oialo (captain), 6-Adam Thomson, 5-Ali Williams, 4-Brad Thorn, 3-Greg Somerville, 2-Andrew Hore, 1-Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16-Keven Mealamu, 17-Neemia Tialata, 18-Anthony Boric, 19-Sione Lauaki, 20-TBA, 21-Stephen Donald, 22-Leon MacDonald



24 Comments

  • What Is it with Scrummies and alcohol?? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    They have the hearts of Lions but are as big as meerkats, now they wanna consume the same amount as a Lock that weighs 115kg?? :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 01.07.08 08:46:47 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 1) : it’s the Jack Russell approach

  • Comment 2, posted at 01.07.08 08:53:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: i think i might have been guilty of that appraoch myself a couple of times!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 01.07.08 08:56:29 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 3) : so… tell me about the emails you’ve received… ;)

  • Comment 4, posted at 01.07.08 08:57:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • strong team. Back row is the only real weakness

  • Comment 5, posted at 01.07.08 08:59:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) :

    HUH?? :?:

  • Comment 6, posted at 01.07.08 09:01:48 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 6) : about the Sharks blog?

  • Comment 7, posted at 01.07.08 09:07:22 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    Oh… :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    You know being the bossandall….everyone thinks I got rid of it… :evil:

  • Comment 8, posted at 01.07.08 09:14:48 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • Is Mills screwing someone cos he can’t seem to get dropped from the side.

    Leon McDonald is a far better fullback than him.

    I would even go as far as saying he is the best fullback in the world at the moment.

  • Comment 9, posted at 01.07.08 09:16:00 by wpw Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 8) : well, if there’s any particular message you want me to send anywhere… ;)

  • Comment 10, posted at 01.07.08 09:25:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 10) :

    No worries – I will forward if I have a problem for you to sort out or send on… :cool:

    Have directed most people here anyway as well… :wink:

  • Comment 11, posted at 01.07.08 09:28:33 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 11) : you rock… some interesting agendas emerging, but I kind of anticipated that would happen. I’ll deal with it.

  • Comment 12, posted at 01.07.08 09:40:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Why don’t they just drink at home? :evil:

  • Comment 13, posted at 01.07.08 09:48:59 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 13) : maybe the fridge in his trailer is broken

  • Comment 14, posted at 01.07.08 09:50:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 01.07.08 09:53:14 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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  • Very good team….going to be very difficult to beat them at home

  • Comment 16, posted at 01.07.08 09:54:53 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 16) : we have the edge in the loose trio, methinks. They will nail us upfront cos we don’t have a tighthead, though…

  • Comment 17, posted at 01.07.08 09:55:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 17) :

    I have 3 concerns with the Boks….tighthead, outside centre and fullback

  • Comment 18, posted at 01.07.08 10:11:02 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 18) : I am not concerned about Adi. I’m sure he’ll acquit himself well.

    I really hope he goes with Percy.

  • Comment 19, posted at 01.07.08 10:14:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well…this will be very different from the rugby we’ve played recently…but we should be able to compete well.

    We need Percy to play…and to be on song. Heck…we need everyone in a Bok kit to be on song.

  • Comment 20, posted at 01.07.08 10:26:26 by blackshark Reply

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  • I think we will be up for it if it doesn’t rain.

    If it rains we might just struggle against Carter’s accurate boot.

    If Percy is on the bench we are in trouble.

  • Comment 21, posted at 01.07.08 10:37:14 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 21) : WP bigot ;)

  • Comment 22, posted at 01.07.08 11:12:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 22) : ha ha ha…

  • Comment 23, posted at 01.07.08 11:16:38 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 23) : i am the mirthmachine ;)

  • Comment 24, posted at 01.07.08 11:19:28 by robdylan Reply
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