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All Blacks keep faith with Lions heroes
2 August 2005 13:29pm
New Zealand have kept faith with the players who recorded a series whitewash over the British & Irish Lions for their opening Tri-Nations clash against South Africa in Cape Town on Saturday.
In the backs, regular full-back Mils Muliaina shifts to wing to cover the injured Sitiveni Sivivatu, while Leon MacDonald dons the number 15 jersey.
Joe Rokocoko, who has scored 27 tries in 23 Test matches, is named on the bench along with Wellington half-back Piri Weepu and specialist number seven Marty Holah.
New Zealand: L MacDonald; R Gear, T Umaga (captain), A Mauger, M Muliaina; D Carter, B Kelleher; T Woodcock, K Mealamu, C Hayman, C Jack, A Williams, J Collins, R McCaw, R So'oialo.
Replacements: D Witcombe, G Somerville, J Ryan, M Holah, P Weepu, L McAlister, J Rokocoko.
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