Hertford Highlander

All Blacks named for Test against Fiji


Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news on 20 Jul 2011 at 01:29
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All Blacks.com report that the All Blacks Coaches have named their team for the Test against Fiji at Carisbrook, Dunedin, on Friday 22 July, with Taranaki and Highlanders lock Jarrad Hoeata to make his Test debut and Colin Slade his first Test start.

Starting XV:
1. Wyatt Crockett (3)
2. Andrew Hore (50)
3. Ben Franks (7)
4. Jarrad Hoeata*
5. Ali Williams (61)
6. Adam Thomson (17)
7. Richie McCaw – captain (94)
8. Liam Messam (6)
9. Jimmy Cowan (44)
10. Colin Slade (1)
11. Sitiveni Sivivatu (43)
12. Ma’a Nonu (56)
13. Conrad Smith (45)
14. Zac Guildford (10)
15. Mils Muliaina (94)

Reserves:
16. Corey Flynn (12)
17. John Afoa (30)
18. Samuel Whitelock (13)
19. Jerome Kaino (37)
20. Piri Weepu (44)
21. Daniel Carter (79)
22. Ben Smith (1)

* Test debut
Number of Test caps in brackets

The key features of the squad are the naming of 27-year-old Hoeata in the second row, alongside 61-Test All Blacks veteran Ali Williams, who returns to the All Blacks Test side for the first time since November 2008. Williams will play his 62nd Test, becoming the joint third most capped All Blacks lock, alongside Robin Brooke.

It’s also a return to the All Blacks for Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett and Highlanders wing Ben Smith who last played for the All Blacks on the 2009 Northern Hemisphere tour. Crockett is alongside 50–Test hooker Andrew Hore and tighthead prop Ben Franks in what will be an All Blacks debut for the front row combination.

The team will be captained by Richie McCaw who, together with fullback teammate Mils Muliaina, will extend their records as the most capped All Blacks. Joining McCaw in the loose forward trio are Liam Messam at number eight and Adam Thomson at blindside flanker.

In the backs, Jimmy Cowan will start at halfback while Slade makes his first run–on start at first five–eighth in his second Test. All Blacks midfielders Ma’a Nonu and Conrad Smith will play their 27th Test together, just one Test behind the record held by the famous midfield partnership of Walter Little and Frank Bunce. The starting wings are Sitiveni Sivivatu and Zac Guildford.

Cory Jane, who dislocated a finger in Wellington’s ITM Cup match against Taranaki on the weekend, was ruled out of contention, while other injured players not considered include Richard Kahui (hamstring), Tony Woodcock (foot), Isaia Toeava (hip), Hosea Gear (hamstring) and Israel Dagg (thigh muscle).

All Blacks Coach Graham Henry said: “This is an important Test for us as we kick off this year’s Test season. We have got some real competition for places and it’s exciting for those players picked and they will keen to put their best foot forward.”

While there are several new combinations in the All Blacks team, Henry said they would not be taking the Fijians lightly.

“They were competitive in the recent Pacific Nations Cup and will bring their unique style so we will have to be clinical in the way we play. You just need to look at how Fiji’s Pacific neighbours Samoa played against Australia on the weekend to know that if we underestimate Fiji, we do so at our peril, “Henry said.

The All Blacks squad has been out and about meeting fans ahead of Friday’s Test, which is a fund-raising Test for Christchurch, with the squad taking Under 14 Otago club players for a coaching clinic on Monday and signing autographs for an estimated two thousand fans at a public training at Carisbrook yesterday.

“It’s always fantastic to come to Dunedin for Test rugby and the All Blacks always get a great reception here so we hope that we get a good crowd along on Friday night to support the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal,” Henry added.

The All Blacks have played Fiji four times since 1987. The last Test was at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland in 2005.


67 Comments

  • B-team anyone? 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.07.11 07:14:49 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : ja, ever so slightly…. then again, they’re playing Fiji, not Australia 🙂

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.07.11 09:16:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Well A- team maybe, but should still win by a fairly handsome margin

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.07.11 09:32:10 by Greg Reply

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  • Very much a B Team with a few first choice backs… maybe 😕

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.07.11 09:35:17 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • @Hertford Highlander (Comment 4) : My thoughts exactly. I mean Crockett isn’t even in the WC squad and he is playing. 😉

    IMO that is one of Mr. Henry’s biggest selection mistakes ever. Not including Crockett in the RWC squad.

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.07.11 10:16:53 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) :

    RWC Squad technically has not been named yet….named just before the last game of the Tri Series…I think before the game in South Africa in Port Elizabeth…… I think ❓

    He is never going to get in ahead of Woodcock but if he falls over he will go straight in …the biggest thing he is up against is the fact that he is a specialist loosehead. 😕

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.07.11 06:48:09 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • B+ Team 😎

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.07.11 09:18:37 by JarsonX Reply
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  • there are only 6 regular starters in this team, the rest are fringe players

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.07.11 09:48:53 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 8) :

    Look at the number of test caps between Mils, Nonu, Conrad and Sivivatu.

    This is anything but a B team!! 🙄

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.07.11 10:28:02 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : um, those are the 6 regular starters i mentioned – guilford, crockett, williams, adam thomson, andrew hore have NOT worn the all black jersey in more than a YEAR, jarrad hoeata is on debut, colin slade has 1 cap – coming on as a sub against Oz, messam has 6 caps mostly as a sub or a starter against teams like England, Wales.

    all of sivivatu, mccaw, mils, nonu & smith had either shitty super rugby seasons or had very little game time. this is a mix bag of 1st choice players who are recovering from injuries, had bad form, fringe players henry is trying and a rookie that had a fantastic season.

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.07.11 11:23:07 by Megatron Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 9) : test caps me shit, especially when we know john smit has over a 100 and is up to shit form wise!

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.07.11 11:23:59 by Megatron Reply

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  • I think Colin Slade is their best hope after Carter. None of their other Flyhalves inspire any confidence, certainly not Brett or Donald – the possible exception being Nick Evans, but he’s up north or retired or somewhere in the wilderness.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.07.11 11:43:41 by MerckZ Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 11) :

    Don’t be so hard on John boet. Just like Habana he needs to be respected for what he has done for rugby in SA.

    He isn’t playing as well as he has previously but he will be an asset to the Boks at the RWC.

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.07.11 11:46:14 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 13) : sorry i don’t believe that “asset at the RWC” rubbish, then he should go as team manager like monty is going as kicking coach. how did the sharks bet the bulls with john’s leadership & “aura” on the bench for 78 minutes?

    put bismark, chiliboy, adrian strauss, craig burden & smit in one park and make them run, i bet you smit will be puffing WAY before the others, no team can afford a weak link and Plum knew it and didn’t gamble, why should the Boks?

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.07.11 12:09:17 by Megatron Reply

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  • @Megatron (Comment 14) : to be fair though, that was one game, the same could be said about the 2007 S14 final, where he watched his team lose the game from the sideline without any cool heads taking charge.

    Also, he’s been played out of position alot, and has had minimal game time. He’s certainly not too old yet, so I wouldn’t write him off. His lineouts are better than Bissie’s, he offers more in the scrum than bissie, which, last time I checked (when everyone was slating Schalk Brits 2/3 years ago), was the main job of the hooker.

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.07.11 12:24:44 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 15) : how many scrums do we get in a game and how much time on the cloc do they amount to? deduct that time and then you have the bulk of the tme where john is useless. speaking of john’s lineout prowess, wasn’t it him who was throwing rubbish last year in the first game of tri-nations @ eden park?

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.07.11 12:30:50 by Megatron Reply

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  • Dance-off has begun.

  • Comment 17, posted at 22.07.11 09:34:18 by McLovin Reply

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  • Fiji won toss and chose to dance first and kick-off.

  • Comment 18, posted at 22.07.11 09:35:42 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 3 – 0 Fiji

    4min

  • Comment 19, posted at 22.07.11 09:40:12 by McLovin Reply

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  • flip I forgot this was on. AND it’s on TV here. 😎

  • Comment 20, posted at 22.07.11 09:41:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • In Dunedin. I presume HH is there.

  • Comment 21, posted at 22.07.11 09:43:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Fiji 4 penalties conceded in only 7min so far.

  • Comment 22, posted at 22.07.11 09:43:33 by McLovin Reply

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  • Scrum time a bit of a mess.

  • Comment 23, posted at 22.07.11 09:44:27 by McLovin Reply

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  • 1st try Sivivatu.

  • Comment 24, posted at 22.07.11 09:46:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 8 – 0 Fiji

    11min

  • Comment 25, posted at 22.07.11 09:47:21 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 8 – 0 Fiji

    20min

  • Comment 26, posted at 22.07.11 09:55:24 by McLovin Reply

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  • Scrums an absolute shambles.

    Fiji concede another penalty.

  • Comment 27, posted at 22.07.11 09:56:20 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 11 – 0 Fiji

    21min

  • Comment 28, posted at 22.07.11 09:56:47 by McLovin Reply

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  • Slade try.

  • Comment 29, posted at 22.07.11 09:59:22 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 18 – 0 Fiji

    23min

  • Comment 30, posted at 22.07.11 10:00:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) : I forgot to set PVR, thought its only tomorrow 😳

  • Comment 31, posted at 22.07.11 10:01:04 by Franshark Reply
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  • NZ 18 – 0 Fiji

    30min

  • Comment 32, posted at 22.07.11 10:06:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • Another penalty conceded by Fiji at scrum time. 🙄

  • Comment 33, posted at 22.07.11 10:11:00 by McLovin Reply

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  • Hore scores.

    3rd try.

  • Comment 34, posted at 22.07.11 10:12:07 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 25 – 0 Fiji

    37min

  • Comment 35, posted at 22.07.11 10:13:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • Thomson scores 4th try of the match.

  • Comment 36, posted at 22.07.11 10:15:25 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 32 – 0 Fiji

    39min

  • Comment 37, posted at 22.07.11 10:16:32 by McLovin Reply

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  • HALF TIME

    NZ 32 – 0 Fiji

  • Comment 38, posted at 22.07.11 10:17:15 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 32 – 0 Fiji

    47min

  • Comment 39, posted at 22.07.11 10:36:45 by McLovin Reply

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  • Fiji try.

  • Comment 40, posted at 22.07.11 10:42:29 by McLovin Reply

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  • The B team is doing well 😈

  • Comment 41, posted at 22.07.11 10:43:34 by JarsonX Reply
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  • NZ 32 – 7 Fiji

    54min

  • Comment 42, posted at 22.07.11 10:43:50 by McLovin Reply

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  • Got NZ by 23 😎

  • Comment 43, posted at 22.07.11 10:48:51 by JarsonX Reply
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  • NZ 32 – 7 Fiji

    60min

  • Comment 44, posted at 22.07.11 10:50:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • Smith try.

  • Comment 45, posted at 22.07.11 10:53:35 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 39 – 7 Fiji

    64min

  • Comment 46, posted at 22.07.11 10:54:07 by McLovin Reply

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  • Weepu try.

  • Comment 47, posted at 22.07.11 11:01:03 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 46 – 7 Fiji

    70min

  • Comment 48, posted at 22.07.11 11:02:52 by McLovin Reply

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  • Fiji 2nd try.

  • Comment 49, posted at 22.07.11 11:03:44 by McLovin Reply

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  • Come on Fiji ❗ Score some tries! 😛

  • Comment 50, posted at 22.07.11 11:04:18 by JarsonX Reply
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  • NZ 46 – 14 Fiji

    72min

  • Comment 51, posted at 22.07.11 11:04:53 by McLovin Reply

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  • Lowest score ever against Fiji by NZ – 68.

    Record breaking day for Fiji. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 52, posted at 22.07.11 11:07:15 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 46 – 14 Fiji

    75min

  • Comment 53, posted at 22.07.11 11:08:04 by McLovin Reply

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  • Penalty try NZ.

  • Comment 54, posted at 22.07.11 11:10:45 by McLovin Reply

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  • 1 more try Fiji and I can get a margin point :mrgreen:

  • Comment 55, posted at 22.07.11 11:10:59 by JarsonX Reply
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  • NZ 53 – 14 Fiji

    77min

  • Comment 56, posted at 22.07.11 11:11:11 by McLovin Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 55) : Too late 🙁

  • Comment 57, posted at 22.07.11 11:12:46 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Mils try.

  • Comment 58, posted at 22.07.11 11:13:21 by McLovin Reply

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  • NZ 60 – 14 Fiji

    79min

  • Comment 59, posted at 22.07.11 11:13:46 by McLovin Reply

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  • FULL TIME

    NZ 60 – 14 Fiji

  • Comment 60, posted at 22.07.11 11:14:36 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 52) : Wish I knew that before I made my pick 😈

  • Comment 61, posted at 22.07.11 11:14:53 by JarsonX Reply
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  • Margin 46.

    My SB prediction – NZ by 43. 😎

  • Comment 62, posted at 22.07.11 11:15:09 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 62) : I was exactly halfway there 😈

  • Comment 63, posted at 22.07.11 11:16:25 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 61) : Last try came after a knock-on and forward pass by the All Blacks. 👿

    Penalty try also a mystery. 😐

    Dickenson take a bow. 🙄

  • Comment 64, posted at 22.07.11 11:16:41 by McLovin Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 64) : So take out 14 points from the 46 margin, I would have got a margin point 🙁

  • Comment 65, posted at 22.07.11 11:25:56 by Greg Reply

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  • @McLovin (Comment 64) :

    You just love racking up the points don’t you?? 😈 😕

  • Comment 66, posted at 22.07.11 11:30:02 by wpw Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 64) : dickenson obviously had NZ by 40+ on his superbru… 😎 😐

  • Comment 67, posted at 22.07.11 11:35:55 by VanWilder Reply

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