All Blacks team announced     05 Jul 2006    

In naming the team All Blacks coach Graham Henry said he expects a stern challenge. “We face a resurgent Australia and a big battle to retain the Bledisloe Cup. We hope Cantabrians will fill Jade Stadium and lend vocal support.”

Meanwhile, the versatile Mils Muliaina starts at centre for the All Blacks. “Mils and Leon MacDonald are both in good form,” noted Henry. “This week, we have both in the starting line-up which we think is best for this particular match against Australia.” Muliaina has most recently played at center for the Chiefs during the Rebel Sport Super 14 and for Auckland during the Air New Zealand NPC.

The Team:

Leon MacDonald
Rico Gear
Mils Muliaina
Aaron Mauger
Joe Rokocoko
Dan Carter
Byron Kelleher
Rodney So’oialo
Richie McCaw (captain)
Jerry Collins
Jason Eaton
Chris Jack
Carl Hayman
Keven Mealamu
Tony Woodcock


Andrew Hore
Greg Somerville
Ali Williams
Chris Masoe
Piri Weepu
Luke McAlister
Isaia Toeava