Three changes for ABs

 Nov 29,2012
Written by: Editor

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made two changes to his starting XV for Saturday's tour finale against England at Twickenham.

Dan Carter returns after pulling out of last week's win over Wales last weekend due to a calf injury, but has proven his fitness to start in his 93rd Test.

Veteran hooker Keven Mealamu, who has also been struggling with a calf issue throughout the tour, takes the place of the suspended Andrew Hore. And in the final change, lock Brodie Retallick replaces Luke Romano.

"There is huge motivation within the team to finish the season off on a high and real excitement ahead of this weekend, with a packed house at Twickenham always a great occasion," said Hansen.

"We know that the English will lift themselves for their final match of the year, especially following their two recent narrow defeats (to South Africa and Australia) and we need to be prepared to match them in all facets."

The All Blacks have played England 34 times since 1905 with 27 wins to the All Blacks, six to the English and one draw. The last Test between the two sides was at Twickenham in November 2010, with the All Blacks winning 26-16 on that occasion.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumunia, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ben Smith.

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