Carter back at 10 for AB’s

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations on 8 Sep 2009 at 09:38
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All Blacks Coach Graham Henry and his Assistant Coaches Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith have named the All Blacks team to play the Tri Nations Test against South Africa at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, on Saturday 12 September.

Australia’s 21- 6 win over the Springboks on Saturday has kept the All Blacks chances alive in this year’s Tri Nations and All Blacks Coach Graham Henry said the team was energised by this weekend’s challenge.

“Every Test match between New Zealand and South Africa is a massive occasion but this weekend it’s a ‘winner takes all’ Test which we are excited about,” he said.
The All Blacks starting XV features the same forward pack which started the Bledisloe Cup thriller in Sydney three weeks ago, while in the backline there are two changes to the starting XV, with Stephen Donald starting at second five-eighths and Ma’a Nonu at centre.

On the reserves bench, there are three changes, with Adam Thomson coming into the forwards and Isaia Toeava and Cory Jane in the backs.

Meanwhile, All Blacks prop Tony Woodcock, who is playing his 57th Test, will become the third most capped All Blacks prop of all time behind Greg Somerville (66) and Craig Dowd (60), while captain Richie McCaw will play his 75th Test, Rodney So’oialo his 60th if he comes off the bench, and Jimmy Cowan will be playing his 200th first-class match.

Daniel Carter is currently sitting on 893 points in all Tests (25 tries, 156 conversions, 150 penalties and two dropped goals) and when he reaches 900 points will become just the seventh international player to reach the milestone.
It’s an historic Test match for Hamilton this weekend: the All Blacks are playing South Africa in the Waikato city for the first time and 31,500 fans will be in full voice with the match a sell out.

The All Blacks have played South Africa 77 times since 1921, with 42 wins to the All Blacks, 32 to South Africa and three draws.

The All Blacks will finish the 2009 Tri Nations the following weekend when they take on Australia at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

All Blacks team

1. Tony Woodcock (56 Tests),2. Andrew Hore (41),3. Owen Franks (5),4. Brad Thorn (31),5. Isaac Ross (7),6. Jerome Kaino (21),7. Richie McCaw – captain (74),8. Kieran Read (10),9. Jimmy Cowan (26),10. Dan Carter (60),11. Sitiveni Sivivatu (38),12. Stephen Donald (15),13. Ma’a Nonu (40),14. Josevata Rokocoko (58),15. Mils Muliaina (75)

Reserves:16. Aled de Malmanche (1),17. John Afoa (18),18. Adam Thomson (10),19. Rodney So’oialo (59),20. Brendon Leonard (11),21. Isaia Toeava (15),22. Cory Jane (6)


  • Speaking of Islanders, Samoa has switched to driving on the left recently.

    Should be fun.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.09.09 10:19:18 by McLovin Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) :


  • Comment 2, posted at 08.09.09 10:25:08 by Prof. Ice Babe(Super Girl) Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : only about 20 of the 500 buses in the two main islands are now legal. :lol:

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.09.09 11:53:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • So when is the Bok team announcement?

    Frans verstaan on the wing?

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.09.09 12:00:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • good team.

    hope bokke came back to reality :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.09.09 12:13:39 by rekinek Reply
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  • This match should provide the Boks with a good practice run for 2011. :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 08.09.09 12:25:53 by McLovin Reply

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  • carter-back-at-10-for-abs :lol:

    Carter – Schmarter…

  • Comment 7, posted at 08.09.09 12:55:36 by blackshark Reply

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  • This AB team looks rather weak in the second row. Also, Hore is certainly not renowned for his lineout throws, and as good an all around player de Malmanche is, he is not going to right the lineout ship since his throws are suspect as well. They will miss Mealamu in the lineouts, expect complete domination from the Boks in this area. Also Reid is a bit of a plodder at 8 to me, good blind side flank, but won’t help McCaw much at the breakdown while playing 8. Centre pairing is interesting, never been very impressed with Nonu at 13, does not seem to have the out and out pace of a Conrad Smith. Not sure why they feel the need to find a place for Donald, he is not all that flash. Carter is clearly the better 10, and I think any specialized 12 is better than Donald at 12. For some reason, the AB backline is looking very vulnerable indeed. That combined with the weakness in the 2nd row should allow the Boks to control this one.

  • Comment 8, posted at 08.09.09 15:03:18 by Dancing Bear Reply
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  • DB dude…you shouldve written an article…

  • Comment 9, posted at 08.09.09 19:16:09 by blackshark Reply

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  • Boks will definitely target the AB’s centre pairing. Aussies made the mistake in the first test against Boks of playing Ashley-Cooper at 12 and his defensive alignment was awry.

  • Comment 10, posted at 08.09.09 21:42:09 by Villie Reply
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