All Blacks make 12 changes


<a href="" target="_blank"></a>     23 Aug 2006     Photosport

With 12 positional and personnel changes from the side that played Australia at the weekend, coach Graham Henry said: "We know every match against South Africa is very physical and we've just come through a tough contest with Australia, so the changes to our starting XV are strategic."

He repeated his comment made in Auckland on Sunday that changes to the starting line-up were planned ahead of last weekend's match.

"We haven't won in South Africa in the last couple of years and if we are going to change that, we need fresh, physically primed players," he said.

Of the team which started at Eden Park only second five-eighths Luke McAlister, first five-eighths Dan Carter and captain and flanker Richie McCaw retain their positions.

Mils Muliaina, who started at fullback in Auckland, is back at centre.

In the pack, Greg Rawlinson has been given the chance to start against his former countrymen for his third Test while Reuben Thorne returns to the blindside flank and Chris Masoe will start at No.8.

The team is: 15 - Leon MacDonald, 14 - Rico Gear, 13 - Malili Muliaina, 12 - Luke McAlister, 11 - Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 - Dan Carter, 9 - Piri Weepu, 8 - Chris Masoe, 7 - Richie McCaw (Captain), 6 - Reuben Thorne, 5 - Ali Williams, 4 - Greg Rawlinson, 3 - Greg Somerville, 2 - Anton Oliver, 1 - Neemia Tialata.

Reserves: 16 - Keven Mealamu, 17 - Tony Woodcock, 18 - Chris Jack, 19 - Jerry Collins, 20 - Jimmy Cowan, 21 - Sam Tuitupou, 22 - Isaia Toeava.