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Side confirmed for Pumas Test

Sportal.co.nz     21 Jun 2006    

While selector Steve Hansen indicated that captain Richie McCaw might be a 60-40 percent chance to be on the bench for the game, he has not been included among the reserves.

The reserves are: Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata, Troy Flavell, Craig Newby, Jimmy Cowan, Luke McAlister and Ma'a Nonu.

Of the players named to travel to Argentina in the second echelon after the second Ireland Test, McCaw, Byron Kelleher, Carl Hayman and Keven Mealamu have been rested.

Coach Graham Henry said when announcing the team, "We have a good balance in the 22.

"There are some newer faces alongside experienced players, and versatility among the reserves.

"Playing the Pumas in Buenos Aires is always a challenge, and they will be confident after their two wins in the last two weekends."

Wing Scott Hamilton will make his All Blacks debut while prop Greg Somerville will be playing his 50th Test.

The team is:

Leon MacDonald, Rico Gear, Isaia Toeava, Sam Tuitupou, Scott Hamilton, Dan Carter, Piri Weepu, Mose Tuiali'i, Chris Masoe, Jerry Collins (captain), Ali Williams, Jason Eaton, Greg Somerville, Anton Oliver, Tony Woodcock.

Reserves: Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata, Troy Flavell, Craig Newby, Jimmy Cowan, Luke McAlister, Ma'a Nonu.