Tuesday, June 19, 2007

McCaw returns to starting side (ABs.com)



All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw will make a return to the starting lineup for Sunday morning's Philips Tri Nations clash against the Springboks in Durban.

Having started on the bench during last week's Iveco Series win over Canada, McCaw has been called back into the starting side for the crucial Test.

On the back of the All Blacks' well documented lineout injury worries, selectors have also included Blues star and South African born Greg Rawlinson at lock alongside Rebel Sport Super 14 team-mate Troy Flavell.

At the expense of veteran wing Doug Howlett, Joe Rokocoko is also set to make his return after missing last weekend's clash with Canada in Hamilton.

Pleased with the depth of talent in his squad, All Blacks coach Graham Henry has admitted the selectors have faced headaches in choosing this week's side.

"We have a lot of competition for positions and this was a tough team to select," he said.

The All Blacks arrived in Durban Tuesday morning approximately 48 hours after their Test against Canada.

"It is difficult to travel to South Africa from New Zealand, it is always a challenge for the All Blacks and our Rebel Sport Super 14 teams," he added.

"We have to get our preparation right in the next few days."

New Zealand : 1 - Tony Woodcock, 2 - Anton Oliver, 3 - Carl Hayman, 4- Troy Flavell, 5 - Greg Rawlinson, 6 - Jerry Collins, 7 - Richie McCaw (captain), 8 - Rodney So'oialo, 9 - Byron Kelleher, 10 - Dan Carter, 11 - Sitiveni Sivivatu, 12 - Aaron Mauger, 13 - Isaia Toeava, 14 - Josevata Rokocoko, 15 - Mils Muliaina.

Reserves: 16 - Keven Mealamu, 17 - Neemia Tialata, 18 - Ross Filipo, 19 - Chris Masoe, 20 - Piri Weepu, 21 - Luke McAlister, 22 - Leon MacDonald.

Photos from two weeks ago (between the two test matches against France)
on Photosport.co.nz

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