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First Murrayfield Test for Muliaina

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Sportal.co.nz     13 Nov 2010     Getty Images

McCaw and Muliaina are set to win their 92nd caps, equalling the All Blacks record held by Sean Fitzpatrick.

But while the duo have achieved almost everything in the game - bar a World Cup success, something they hope will come on home soil in 2011 - Muliaina will be experiencing something new by playing at the home of the Scottish Rugby Union.

The 30-year-old, who made his Test debut against England in June 2003, will, in fact, be playing against Scotland for the first time.

Muliaina told Press Association Sport: "The record aside, I haven't played Scotland before, so I'm looking forward to getting out at Murrayfield and playing there for this first time."

On the All Blacks' previous visits to Scotland, which in 2005 and 2008 were part of a Grand Slam tour of the home nations, Muliaina missed the games through injury and the birth of his son.

"The last couple of times I've come to the UK it's been something I've been itching to do, to run out at Murrayfield and play Scotland," he added.

"It's one of the few places around the world I haven't been able to get out and play."

Sunday's clash will be the 28th meeting in 105 years between Scotland and the All Blacks, with the hosts seeking their first win after 25 losses and two draws.

New Zealand, though, are keen to improve on their showing in last Saturday's 26-16 win over England.

"There were a lot of aspects of our game we didn't quite get right last weekend and we want to try to perfect it this weekend," said Muliaina.

"The Scottish team pose a massive threat for us, with the brand of rugby they've been playing and they've certainly got some game-breakers we need to shut down.

"We know it's going to be a very tough Test match."

Blustery conditions in Edinburgh could dictate a tight tussle, with Muliaina anticipating he will be fielding numerous high balls from Scotland first five-eighths Dan Parks.

"For us as a back three we've got to work hard together, make sure we're collecting as many balls on the full as we can and if we can do that hopefully we can put his kicking game under a bit of pressure," added Muliaina.

Seeking to improve on the Twickenham display, Muliaina believes the All Blacks are set to click.

"We're probably a whisker away from all being on the same page and we've got a bit of confidence in the way we've changed and hopefully we can express it out on the field tomorrow night," he said.