New Zealand received a significant boost with the news that hooker Andrew Hore and scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan have recovered sufficiently from injury to start Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test against Australia.
Cowan will start in the No.9 jersey and with Andy Ellis ruled out, Piri Weepu will be on the replacement bench.
Adam Thomson has been selected as the loose forward cover on the replacement bench.
New Zealand – confirmed: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Richard Kahui, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 John Afoa, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Anthony Tuitavake.
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