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All Blacks name team for second Test against Boks

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Sportal.co.nz     15 Jul 2010     Getty Images

Starting XV:

1. Tony Woodcock (64)
2. Keven Mealamu (75)
3. Owen Franks (13)
4. Brad Thorn (41)
5. Tom Donnelly (8)
6. Jerome Kaino (28)
7. Richie McCaw – captain (84)
8. Kieran Read (20)
9. Piri Weepu (39)
10. Daniel Carter (70)
11. Rene Ranger (1)
12. Ma’a Nonu (47)
13. Conrad Smith (36)
14. Cory Jane (16)
15. Mils Muliaina (84)

Reserves:

16. Corey Flynn (8)
17. Ben Franks (3)
18. Samuel Whitelock (4)
19. Liam Messam (4)
20. Jimmy Cowan (37)
21. Aaron Cruden (3)
22. Israel Dagg (2)

Number of Test caps in brackets

The squad features two changes from the hugely–experienced starting XV which starred in last weekend’s 32–12 victory over the Springboks in the opening match of the Investec Tri Nations: Piri Weepu comes off the bench to start at halfback in his 40th Test, and Rene Ranger who made his Test debut off the bench last month against Wales in Hamilton, gets his first Test start on the left wing.

On the bench, Jimmy Cowan has recovered from his abdominal strain, while Israel Dagg, who played against Ireland and Wales, provides outside back cover.

Graham Henry said: “We have stuck with the majority of players who played so well in last week’s win at Eden Park and they are ready for what will be another major contest. The players know that they will face a different, more physical Springboks side.”

Josevata Rokocoko (strained hamstring) and Richard Kahui (shoulder) were not considered for selection. Kahui will see a specialist on Monday for a further assessment on the extent of his injury

“It’s hugely disappointing for Richard who has played extremely well for the All Blacks and contributed greatly to the team so far this year and he will be sorely missed. We will await advice from the medical team on how long he will be out for,” Henry added.

Meanwhile, the All Blacks scored a significant milestone in last week’s 32–12 victory over South Africa: the last try scored by Tony Woodcock took the total points scored by the All Blacks in 462 Test matches to 11,786 points to head France’s 11,783 (from 636 Tests) as the most points scored by any team in Test match rugby.

Richie McCaw also played in his 74th winning Test match for the All Blacks (from 84 Tests) to equal Sean Fitzpatrick’s 74 wins from his 92 Tests.

Meanwhile, tickets to the Test at Westpac Stadium are selling fast, with the remaining tickets available from Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.co.nz or 0800 111 999.