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Leonard and Smoking Joe back for AB’s


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations on 23 Jul 2009 at 09:41
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All Blacks coach Graham Henry has made two changes to the team that faced the Wallabies in the Tri-Nations opener, with Brendon Leonard and Joe Rokocoko returning to the starting line-up to face the Springboks in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

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The team features two changes to the team that beat Australia 22 – 16 in Auckland last weekend, with Leonard getting his third start at scrumhalf in his 11th Test at the expense of Jimmy Cowan who drops out of the matchday squad, while Piri Weepu remains on the bench.

Rokocoko replaces Cory Jane on the right wing for his 56th Test. Rokocoko has scored nine tries against South Africa, one behind Christian Cullen’s South Africa try-scoring record of 10.

Commenting on the changes to the starting XV, Henry said while Cowan and Jane had both played well against Australia it was important that other players in the squad were given an opportunity as well.

“We were really happy with the effort and the progress made against Australia and we are looking for continued improvement in the first Test against South Africa. It will be a massive challenge against our old foes,” Henry said.

The Bloemfontein Test will be hooker Keven Mealamu’s 70th Test, and he becomes the seventh-most capped All Black in history alongside former All Blacks star Andrew Mehrtens.

The All Blacks and South Africa have played each other 75 times since 1921, with 42 wins to the All Blacks, 30 to South Africa and three draws. The All Blacks won the last Test 19 – 0 in last year’s Tri Nations match in Cape Town.

The All Blacks have played twice before in Bloemfontein – in 1976, when Andy Leslie’s All Blacks won 15 – 9, and the 11 – 11 draw in 1960.

New Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Josevata Rokocoko , 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Isaac Ross, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Owen Franks, 18 Jason Eaton, 19 Kieran Read, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Luke McAlister, 22 Cory Jane .

Date: Saturday, July 25
Venue: Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Tim Hayes (Wales)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (South Africa)



32 Comments

  • Tough one for us. I hope we play to our potential.

    GO BOKKE!!! :neutral:

  • Comment 1, posted at 23.07.09 10:25:21 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    Especially Juan Smith… :neutral:

    Go BOKKE!!! :mad: :mad:

  • Comment 2, posted at 23.07.09 10:46:46 by blackshark Reply

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  • i think the boks will take this one . . .

  • Comment 3, posted at 23.07.09 10:52:01 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) :

    I hope you’re right dude!! :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.07.09 10:53:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 4) : me too :wink:

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.07.09 10:59:00 by war1 Reply
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  • Steve Hansen, voorspeler-afrigter van die Nieu-Seelanders, het gister daarop gesinspeel dat Suid-Afrika vir Schalk Burger sal mis en bygevoeg dis voortydig om Brüssow nou al saam met die wêreld se voorste baljagter-flanke te klassifiseer

    I disagree – I think they are in for a VET suprize!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.07.09 11:00:59 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 6) :
    :mrgreen:

    Where’s the LIKE button?

    The All Blacks won’t know what hit them…

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.07.09 11:09:25 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 6) :

    I saw that article.

    He said Schalk Burger is world class. Ja right!!

    He hasn’t been world class since 2004. :???:

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.07.09 11:12:40 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) :

    I know i will get stoned for what I am about to say:

    To me Burger was a busy body, and did “some” good work, however I felt that his good work sometimes was because he was mostly in the way as he wanted to be everywhere. THAT made him look like he was always looking for work…was his impact in a sqaud really that BIG?? Not in my opinion…did you see a lot of results from him being all over like a dog with rabies?? I dont think so..

    SO – I think he was overated -especially the last few years..

    Okay -Now HIT me!!

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.07.09 11:20:17 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 9) :

    I agree with you Ice.

    He was however extremely good in 2004 when we won the Tri Nations and the Stormers made the S12 semis.

    He is a good defender too but he hasn’t dominated at ruck time in years.

    I also think he is overrated. :wink:

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.07.09 11:23:02 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 10) :

    Isn’t that what we need the most from our World class no. 6? Dominating at ruck time?

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.07.09 11:31:06 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 11) :

    So – he is not world clasas then.. :twisted:

    Sorted.. :wink:

  • Comment 12, posted at 23.07.09 11:39:17 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 12) :
    Still World Class…but in a big class… :smile:

  • Comment 13, posted at 23.07.09 11:58:32 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 13) : big world :)

  • Comment 14, posted at 23.07.09 12:02:30 by robdylan Reply
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  • The real Schalk got lost in the wine farms vineyard (without GPS) :roll:

  • Comment 15, posted at 23.07.09 12:07:09 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 15) :

    For THAT I will also become a Worldclass Ice in a big world!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 23.07.09 12:11:05 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Charlie (Comment 15) :

    People get lost with those in Durban – because we play a little game that we call ” Change The Street Names” – just for fun… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 23.07.09 12:17:42 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 16) : :twisted:

  • Comment 18, posted at 23.07.09 12:17:50 by Charlie Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 17) : :evil:

  • Comment 19, posted at 23.07.09 12:18:38 by Charlie Reply

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  • @Charlie (Comment 19) :
    :lol:

    Why do I get the feeling you don’t like the game ?

  • Comment 20, posted at 23.07.09 12:24:42 by blackshark Reply

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  • yo yo yo!

  • Comment 21, posted at 23.07.09 12:31:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 20) :

    HHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHHA!!! :mrgreen:

    Moenie vir Uncle Charlie kwaad maak nie!! :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 23.07.09 12:31:42 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 21) :

    Hey, Santa!! you early this year!! :lol:

  • Comment 23, posted at 23.07.09 12:33:03 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 23) : I forgot the gifts… :(

  • Comment 24, posted at 23.07.09 12:42:16 by robdylan Reply
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  • But damn that’s a strong NZ lineup – I keep going through it looking for weaknesses…eish…

    Go Bokke!

  • Comment 25, posted at 23.07.09 12:43:08 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 24) :

    Ag, No worries – your presence are a good enough gift.. :lol:

    Now you can call me “Rudolph the brown nose reindeer”.. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 23.07.09 12:52:32 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 25) :

    Aren/t they normally..? :roll:

  • Comment 27, posted at 23.07.09 12:53:17 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 26) : that was the nicest thing anyone’s said to me (online) all day!

  • Comment 28, posted at 23.07.09 12:58:49 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 28) :

    Ag, but I am mos a nice person! :wink:

  • Comment 29, posted at 23.07.09 13:03:20 by Prof. Ice Reply
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  • Schalk for me any day of the week.

  • Comment 30, posted at 23.07.09 16:19:02 by McLovin Reply

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  • This are a very good AB team imo.

    I’m feeling uneasy.

  • Comment 31, posted at 23.07.09 16:20:38 by McLovin Reply

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  • @Prof. Ice (Comment 29) : I know :)

  • Comment 32, posted at 23.07.09 16:38:48 by robdylan Reply
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