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One bench change only for All Blacks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Tri Nations on 12 Aug 2008 at 14:07

All Blacks coach Graham Henry has named an unchanged starting team to tackle the Springboks in Cape Town this weekend with the only change coming in the reserves where Isaia Toeava gets a callup.

RugbyHeaven NZ reports that Toeava replaces Anthony Tuitavake from the 22 who thumped the Wallabies 39-10 at Eden Park, a result that has got the All Blacks back in the Tri-Nations title race.

Toeava hasn’t played test rugby since last year’s World Cup and was called into the squad as a replacement for the injured Leon MacDonald.

His ability to cover a number of positions, most importantly fullback, has earned him a chance at Newlands.

Henry has made constant changes to his teams all year but this latest show of solidity is reward for a fine performance in their last effort in the Bledisloe Cup win over Australia.

But the All Blacks team is significantly different to the side that lost their last encounter with the Springboks 28-30 at Dunedin on July 12.

It looks considerably stronger.

Captain Richie McCaw is back at the helm meaning Adam Thomson, who started at Carisbrook, is on the bench.

Brad Thorn missed the last clash with the Boks through suspension. He is starting this weekend as is tighthead prop Greg Somerville, meaning a significantly stronger All Blacks scrum.

Andy Ellis was at halfback in Dunedin but Jimmy Cowan holds the halfback’s jersey after his heroics at Eden Park and Richard Kahui, who started at centre in the last test against the Boks, is kept on the wing where he performed well against Australia.

That sees the preferred midfield combination of Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith retained.

South Africa name their side later today.

NEW ZEALAND: 15 Mils Muliania, 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 (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Reserves: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 John Afoa, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Adam Thompson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Isaia Toeava.


  • Wonder if Thorn will get that red card he is owed early on or later in the game 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.08.08 14:34:54 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • It are a good side.

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.08.08 14:36:39 by McLovin Reply
  • Mils is crap and so too Kahui. 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.08.08 14:39:02 by wpw Reply
  • We can beat these guys

    on an individual matchup we can take their backline

    Du preez v Cowan – Du preez
    Butch v Dan – (both on upward curves at the moment)
    JdV v Nonu – On a par
    Adi v Smith – Adi
    Habana v Kahui – Habana

    Percy v Muliaina – Percy

    JPP v Sivivatu – Sivivatu

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.08.08 14:49:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Was waiting for this. Now I’m off to do some F/L stuff. Thanks for leaving yeah yeah…..

    Go Bokkeeee!!!! 😀

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.08.08 14:55:45 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    Woodcack vs JPP – Woodcock 😀

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.08.08 17:09:25 by Hmmm Reply

  • A good side…
    But I think we are in with a very good shout…

    My biggest concern is the 2nd game against Aus…that will be our 3rd tough game in a row…you don’t even get that in RWC’s…

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.08.08 17:11:23 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 7) : ummm – quarter final, semi final, final?

  • Comment 8, posted at 12.08.08 17:15:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    Yeh but there were only 2 tough Quarter Finals NZ/France – Aus/Eng

  • Comment 9, posted at 12.08.08 17:25:16 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 9) : you forget how close we came to losing our QF against Fiji

  • Comment 10, posted at 12.08.08 17:35:01 by robdylan Reply
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