Richard Ferguson

Fitzy’s record equalled


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content on 11 Nov 2010 at 10:46
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All Black captain Richie McCaw and fullback Mils Muliaina will equal former captain Sean Fitzpatrick’s record of 92 Test caps, after they were announced to play in the game against Scotland this Saturday.

McCaw made his All Black Test debut on 17 November 2001 against Ireland as a fresh-faced 20-year-old and captained the All Blacks for the first time against Wales on the 2004 end-of-year tour, aged just 23. He is already the most capped All Blacks Test captain in history and will extend that record when he leads the side for the 55th time this weekend.

Muliaina joined the national squad in 2003, making his Test debut as a 22-year-old against England in Wellington on 14 June and has also captained the side in three Tests. He has scored 145 points in Tests and, remarkably, will play his first Test against Scotland this weekend.

However, the most contentious selection is his decision to bracket Mealamu with Hikawera Elliot (who would be making his Test debut), pending the outcome of Mealamu’s appeal against the four-week ban imposed by a Six Nations judicial officer.

Meanwhile the New Zealand starting XV sees Liam Messam, who made his Test debut against Scotland in 2008, picked at blindside flank in his fourth Test start, Jimmy Cowan returns at scrumhalf, Conrad Smith is at outside centre and Isaia Toeava comes onto the right wing. There has been a positional switch for Sonny Bill Williams, who will play inside Smith at inside centre.

New Zealand: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Isaia Toeava, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu/Hikawera Elliot, 1 Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 John Afoa, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Daniel Braid, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Ma’a Nonu.

Date: Saturday, November 13
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 17.15 (17.15 GMT)
Referee: Dave Pearson (England)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Robin Goodliffe (England)
TMO: Giulio De Santis (Italy)



11 Comments

  • I’m a little surprised that there have been no All Black centurions

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.11.10 11:11:43 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 1) :

    It is surprising isn’t it? That said, McCaw is only 29, he can probably go to the next World Cup, so he can easily rake up 130/140 caps.

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.11.10 11:13:30 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 2) : Yeah, McCaw will rack up many more caps. DC is 28 with 76 caps so I guess we should be able to make his century but not catch Richie.

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.11.10 11:17:56 by war1 Reply
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  • @war1 (Comment 3) :

    Which of the current Boks do you think can make centuries?

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.11.10 11:22:23 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • I think its better to play SBW at 12 it suits him more but not sure his as good as ma’a nonu! Not yet atleast would so like nonu out of the squad! Don’t like the dirty [email protected]!

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.11.10 11:28:01 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : I think lambie could get 200 bok caps easily! ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.11.10 11:29:30 by Ben Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 4) : depends on who sticks around after the RWC but Habana (67 caps), JDV (64 caps), Schalk (63 caps) and Jaque Fourie (62 caps) have a good chance and then Frans Steyn has already got lots of caps for his age

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.11.10 11:34:16 by war1 Reply
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  • BTW – is it not a big day soon for Victoria too? or was it already?

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.11.10 14:07:11 by Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 Reply
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  • @Ice-Cool CC Champ 2010 (Comment 8) : I think it’s this weekend.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.11.10 14:30:17 by McLovin Reply

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  • I can’t imaging DC, McCaw or Mils will stick around sfter the RWC…….why would they it’s the icing on the cake of a career if they win it and if they lose it they are all too old to be there next time around.

    …there is only one Brad Thorn when it comes to longevity !

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.11.10 00:06:43 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 10) :

    Why would McCaw go at 30 HH?

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.11.10 08:34:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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