All Blacks make six changes

New Zealand coach Graham Henry has made six changes to his starting line-up for the second Test against France in Wellington on Saturday. [more]

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New Zealand coach Graham Henry has made six changes to his starting line-up for the second Test against France in Wellington on Saturday.

Henry has rotated his 30-man squad following the All Blacks’ 42-11 win at Eden Park last weekend, while counterpart Bernard Laporte has made four changes to his team following the spirited first-half display last Saturday.

Keith Robinson replaces Chris Jack at lock, while Anton Oliver deposes Keven Mealamu at hooker and Rodney So’oialo regains the number eight jersey from Chris Masoe, while Jerry Collins replaces Reuben Thorne, who drops out of the 22.

Scrum-half Byron Kelleher replaces Piri Weepu and Luke McAlister covers Aaron Mauger at centre, with both omissions cut from the squad.

Conrad Smith shakes off his hamstring problem to replace Ma’a Nonu, with the latter rejoining the Junior All Blacks on Pacific Nations Cup duty.

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Captain Richie McCaw and fly-half Dan Carter start despite departing at half-time in Auckland, with only Mils Muliaina not considered for selection due to a hamstring injury.

"Our execution can be better and we can handle stoppages better as well," said Henry.

"We always wanted to play everyone during the series plus we have Byron Kelleher and Conrad Smith back from injury, so there have been a number of changes to the starting team.

"At the same time, we’re also trying to give a bit of time out to some players who had long Super 14 campaigns."

Meanwhile, Bourgoin prop Olivier Surgens and Narbonne centre Lionel Mazars will make their debuts for France, with Montpellier reserve loose forward Fulgence Ouedraogo on the bench.

Mazars replaces the injured Jean Phillipe Grandclaude, while winger Julien Laharrague comes in for Benjamin Thiery.

Laharrague was initially named in last week’s starting side but was dropped after showing up late for training.

Surgens comes in for Nicolas Mas while Damien Chouly, who made his debut off the reserve bench at Eden Park, takes the blindside flank from Gregory Le Corvec.

The team will again be captained by lock Pascal Pape, with veteran Tour captain Raphael Ibanez named on the bench for the second time.

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