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sasuke uchiha

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All Blacks team named to play Wallabies
August 22, 2013, 05:34:01

Tom Taylor to make debut for All Blacks as team named to play Wallabies

All Blacks -    22.Aug.2013


The team is (Test caps in brackets):
Starting XV:
1. Tony Wood[removed] (99)
2. Andrew Hore (77)
3. Owen Franks (48)
4. Brodie Retallick (15)
5. Samuel Whitelock (42)
6. Steven Luatua (2)
7. Richie McCaw - captain (117)
8. Kieran Read (52)
9. Aaron Smith (16)
10. Tom Taylor *
11. Julian Savea (12)
12. Ma'a Nonu (80)
13. Conrad Smith (70)
14. Ben Smith (16)
15. Israel Dagg (29)
16. Dane Coles (6)
17. Wyatt Crockett (14)
18. Charlie Faumuina (8)
19. Jeremy Thrush (1)
20. Sam Cane (8)
21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow (5)
22. Colin Slade (10)
23. Charles Piutau (1)

The starting XV features two injury-enforced changes from the team that started last week's Bledisloe Cup Test, with lock Brodie Retallick coming in for Luke Romano and new All Black Tom Taylor slotting in at first five-eighth for Aaron Cruden.

In the reserves, hooker Dane Coles comes back into the matchday 23, as does a fit-again prop Wyatt Crockett, while Jeremy Thrush comes onto the bench as lock cover. In the backs, first five-eighth Colin Slade returns to the All Blacks for the first time since 2011, replacing the injured Beauden Barrett. With Taylor and Ben Smith able to cover the midfield, back three specialist Charles Piutau has been brought in to replace Ryan Crotty as outside back cover.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: "We want to firstly congratulate Tom on his selection in the starting XV. He is mentally tough and plays the game with a lot of confidence and maturity.
These factors, along with his assured goalkicking under pressure, has made this an easy selection. We have every faith that he will handle the occasion with aplomb.

"We also want to congratulate "Woody" (Tony Wood[removed]) on what will be his 100th Test. He is a hugely respected player within the group who always puts the team first. It has been business as usual for him and the team this week, but we will enjoy acknowledging his achievement with him after the game."

Hansen believes the Wallabies will potentially be a more dangerous opponent this weekend, after their 47-29 loss in Sydney.

"They will be hurting after that Test and will throw everything at us. They will be looking to play with more accuracy and intensity so, therefore, we will need to meet - or better that - with a higher level of execution right across the board, if we are to be successful."

Meanwhile, the following All Blacks wider squad players have also been released this week to play in Week 2 of the ITM Cup if required: Frank Halai (Counties Manukau), Joe Moody (Canterbury) and Brad Shields (Wellington).

Interesting facts
- Tony Wood[removed] will become the All Blacks fourth Test centurion behind All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw (117 Tests), Keven Mealamu (105) and Mils Muliaina (100).
- McCaw will play his 31st Test against Australia this weekend - a new record for the most Tests played by a player against one country.
- McCaw will also play his 118th Test match this weekend and become the fifth-equal most capped international player (with French lock Fabien Pelous). England prop Jason Leonard is fourth on 119, the Irish duo of Ronan O'Gara (130) and Brian O' Driscoll (133) are next, with Australian halfback George Gregan the current record holder with 139 caps.

- The All Blacks have played Australia 147 times since 1903, with 100 wins to New Zealand, 41 to Australia and six draws. The All Blacks are the first team to record 100 Test wins against a single opponent.
- The All Blacks have recorded 380 Test wins (out of 502 Tests for a winning percentage of 75.6 percent) and are moving in on France's record of 382 Test wins (in 695 Tests).

sasuke uchiha

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RE: All Blacks team named to play Wallabies
August 22, 2013, 05:48:27

congrats to taylor for his debut, its been a long time coming IMO and also congrats to woody for 100 test caps, meke effort to both the boys, :o)

All Blacks are undefeated when a player plays his 100th test match, but the last test which also happened to be a bledisloe test match was when kev readhes his hundy and we eneded up in a draw, o_O
im sure the All Blacks will come through in fine style though and bring the bledisloe home with a win, :o)

very happy to see coles, thrush and piutau on the bench, all three are newbies and fi they should play, the gametime they get now will only further help NZs cause in the depth department.

still a little iffy wih thrush, but i was impresed with his short debut against the french, jsut wish he would show some of that intensity for the hurricanes, :o/

while like many im holding a candle for ged robinson to rise in the ranks and add some depth to the hookers department, im every happy to see coles who IMO had oustanding games against the french in june. its a pity he got injured cos he was also on a roll with the hurricanes.
his inclusion on he bench against the wallabies will only add to his already decent resume, as im sure he will get a run on at some stage.

having cole over mealamu is a pretty big call though, i loved the impact that kev had of the bench, htting the line and two beautiful shortballs when the All Blacks were in the middle of their attacking phase really had the wallys back pedaling.
a nice sign of faith from shag and fozzie that coles will contribute.

all in all, a strong team albeit not our strongest, but should be still more then enough to take care of the wallabies who under mackenzie has plummeted to 4th place.


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