All Blacks opt for reshuffle

Former Lions coach Graham Henry has made 11 changes to his New Zealand team to face Ireland on Saturday. [more]

All Blacks opt for reshuffle

Former Lions coach Graham Henry has made 11 changes to his New Zealand team to face Ireland on Saturday.

Only hooker Keven Mealamu, lock Ali Williams, centre Ma’a Nonu and wing Joe Rokocoko retain their places from last weekend’s 32-6 thrashing of Scotland at Murrayfield.

Henry has opted against the experiment of playing two fly-halves in Stephen Donald
At No10 and Dan Carter at 12. Instead, Carter, a nominee for the IRB World Player of the Year award starts at pivot, with Conrad Smith partnering his Hurricanes colleague Nonu in the centre.

Jimmy Cowan replaces Piri Weepu at scrum-half, Sitiveni Sivivatu comes in for Anthony Tuitavake on the left wing and Mils Muliaina starts ahead of Isaia Toeava at full back.

Richie McCaw skippers the Tri Nations champions for the 31st time from the openside flank, taking the Canterbury Crusader to second in the all-time list behind Sean Fitzpatrick who led the All Blacks on 51 occasions.

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New Zealand: M Muliaina, J Rokocoko, C Smith, M Nonu, S Sivivatu, D Carter, J Cowan, T Woodcock, K Mealamu, N Tialata, B Thorn, A Williams, J Kaino, R McCaw (capt), R So’oialo

Replacements: C Flynn, J Afoa, A Boric, K Read, P Weepu, S Donald, I Toeava

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