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All Blacks team named to face England

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allblacks.com     29 Nov 2012     Getty Images

The team is as follows: (with Test caps in brackets)

Starting XV:

1. Tony Woodcock (95)
2. Keven Mealamu (101)
3. Owen Franks (44)
4. Brodie Retallick (12)
5. Samuel Whitelock (38)
6. Liam Messam (19)
7. Richie McCaw - captain (115)
8. Kieran Read (47)
9. Aaron Smith (12)
10. Daniel Carter (93)
11. Julian Savea (8)
12. Ma'a Nonu (75)
13. Conrad Smith (65)
14. Cory Jane (40)
15. Israel Dagg (24)

Reserves:

16. Dane Coles (3)
17. Wyatt Crockett (10)
18. Charlie Faumuina (6)
19. Luke Romano (10)
20. Victor Vito (19)
21. Piri Weepu (68)
22. Aaron Cruden (19)
23. Ben Smith (11)

The final Test for the All Blacks Air New Zealand European Tour again features a vastly experienced squad, with 788 caps in the starting XV and 146 on the eight-man bench.

The starting XV features two changes from the team that started against Wales last weekend, with hooker Keven Mealamu and lock Brodie Retallick coming into the starting line-up.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: "There is huge motivation within the team to finish the season off on a high and real excitement ahead of this weekend, with a packed house at Twickenham always a great occasion.

"We know that the English will lift themselves for their final match of the year, especially following their two recent narrow defeats (to South Africa and Australia) and we need to be prepared to match them in all facets."

The All Blacks have played England 34 times since 1905 with 27 wins to the All Blacks, six to the English and one draw. The last Test between the two sides was at Twickenham in November 2010, with the All Blacks winning 26-16 on that occasion.

Interesting facts
• Tony Woodcock's try in last weekend's Test was statistically significant: firstly because it was the 1700th try scored by an All Black in a Test match. Secondly, the try took the All Blacks beyond 13,000 points in Test rugby. Woodcock played in his 95th Test match for his 81st victory.
• The 18 points kicked by Aaron Cruden against Wales are his most in a Test match - heading his 17 from the previous week. Cruden has played in 19 Tests without defeat. No player in history has begun their career so well.
• The All Blacks have scored 47 tries so far in 2012, with the following in descending order: South Africa 23, France and Ireland 22, England and Wales 20 and Australia and Scotland 14.

All Blacks Air New Zealand European Tour match schedule

1. Scotland 22 All Blacks 51
2. Italy 10 All Blacks 42
3. Wales 10 All Blacks 33
4. England (Twickenham, London 2.30PM, Saturday 1 December)