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All Blacks name strong team

2011-08-18 07:40

Port Elizabeth - All Blacks coach Graham Henry named a revamped team on Thursday to face South Africa in this weekend's Tri-Nations Test, as he examines New Zealand's options ahead of the Rugby World Cup.

Only three of the starting side that defeated Australia 30-14 in Auckland earlier this month were named in the side to face the Springboks in Port Elizabeth.

With eight of his top players, including skipper Richie McCaw and star flyhalf Dan Carter, omitted from the touring squad to give them a breather, Henry said he wanted to see what his back-up players could produce.

“There is excitement across the board in the squad and every player will be looking to put in a big performance this weekend. Playing the Springboks at home is always a massive occasion and with Rugby World Cup spots also up for grabs, our players will be looking to put in a big performance.

“We know we will also be facing a wounded Springboks side who will want to bounce back from their three losses on the trot so we will have to be ready for a huge physical contest.”

Rugby league convert Sonny Bill Williams will make his first Test start of the year, replacing Ma'a Nonu to pair up with Richard Kahui in the centres for the first time.

Colin Slade will attempt to cement his place as Carter's back-up, with Jimmy Cowan filling in for Piri Weepu at scrumhalf.

Hooker Keven Mealamu will captain the squad in McCaw's absence, which gives Adam Thompson an opportunity to replace the regular skipper at openside flank.

Kahui, props Tony Woodcock and John Afoa, fullback Israel Dagg and wing Isaia Toeava will all return from injury keen to press their case for a berth at the World Cup starting in New Zealand next month.

The All Blacks and Springboks have played each other 82 times, with 46 wins to the All Blacks, 33 to South Africa and three draws. The All Blacks have played the Springboks four times in Port Elizabeth (1928, 1949, 1960 and 1970), with victories to South Africa on every occasion.

Teams:

South Africa:
15 Pat Lambie, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morne Steyn, 9 Fourie du Preez, 8 Pierre Spies, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Bakkies Botha, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Gurthro Steenkamp

Substitutes: 16 John Smit, Tendai Mtawarira, CJ van der Linde, Danie Rossouw, Ashley Johnson, Francois Hougaard, Butch James

New Zealand:
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Isaia Toeava, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Adam Thomson, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Samuel Whitelock, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Jarrad Hoeata, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Cory Jane

AFP

Comments
  • Magmansa - 2011-08-18 07:44

    Scary, their "B' side looks better than most countries A sides!

      imod - 2011-08-18 07:59

      You can say that again! And they've picked a very mobile pack with Thompson, Messam and Whitelock there, and Vito coming off the bench. I'm sure they're gona look to run us off our feet especially in the last 20. Hopefully we've learned our lessons from last week and give a better showing in the second half this time around! Go Bokke!!

      Magmansa - 2011-08-18 08:07

      @imod Lets hope so! What worried me last weekend is the bokke were huffing an puffing after 20mins, somehow I dont see them getting their fitness up in 1 week.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-18 08:51

      ...All Blacks 29 - 11 PDV-Proteas.... .......Go All Blacks...!!!

      Marx - 2011-08-18 09:04

      JohnnyBB, Do you actually have anything, and I mean anything else to say except those couple of pathetic words you utter daily on this forum? Can't wait for the Boks to quiet you lot down.

      Makutu - 2011-08-18 09:05

      Agreed! This team will kill the Boks. Look at the look of that back three! Hahahahahahaha... We are in trouble, seriously!

      RL - 2011-08-18 09:26

      @ marx take a bow sir ... @ everyone else - this is a solid team but these are the same okes we shut out in the super 15 so i dont see why this weekend should be anything different. we need to get the basics right from the get go, taking our ball from the kick off, win our line outs, no tight heads, dont get rucked off our own ball and stop this crap of up and unders and put the ball in the corner or as far out into touch as possible. theres no need to focus on a running game if we cant get over the first hurdle. we need an intelligent kicking game (which morne/fourie can pull off) and let them run from their 22 and force them to make mistakes. lets go bokke

      LionsFan - 2011-08-19 09:32

      Should have played them at altitude

      macrini1 - 2011-08-19 23:08

      @ altitude? I think that would be to the detriment of the unfit boks wouldnt it?

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-18 07:45

    BOK TEAM also strong. Go bokke

      Magmansa - 2011-08-18 07:58

      Yeah but the difference is this is no where near their A team, where as ours pretty much is.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-18 18:44

      This is a VERY STRONG All Black team and I agree this team will beat most countries' A sides including the Springboks!!! I'm an SA/BOKKE supporter, but I think the AB's by 15+

  • Crawfords - 2011-08-18 07:47

    If we win in PE the Boks should look to continue their success there and play more tests in the Eastern Cape!

  • Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-18 07:48

    And please just beware of Bulldozers nephew SBW. Tackle hard and keep the guys around him in check and watch for the offload. If we can intercept we can score.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 07:58

      No, Sh@rks, we are not related. He's my kids' godfather.

      Tools1 - 2011-08-18 08:14

      Can you imagine 3 min to go and SBW offloads in full view of Pdivvy for the winning tri after him slating the guy.

      Sh@rks Fever - 2011-08-18 08:26

      Sorry Bulldozer for getting confused. Are you going to Pe and I hope he brought the children some gifts. Since you know him and SPies so well I hope you didn't bring the two together for a family lunch or anything. They need to play against one another come Saturday. Do you think Spies can beat him in a boxing fight?

      Backstabber - 2011-08-18 08:30

      Bulldozer = Maori = Kokkie = BCC = Legend = legend My preciousssssss Hehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehehe

      BCC - 2011-08-18 08:33

      SBW gonna make mince meat of the old dudes in midfield.

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 08:38

      No problem Sh@rks. Sonny Bill is popping by Cape Town to come and see the younsters before he heads back hom. Apparently he bought them each a battery operated sheep or something. I don't know Pierre and I think Sonny Bill will kick his you know what in the ring. Sonny reminds me of a young Johhny du Plooy.

      StBad - 2011-08-18 08:43

      Please, no intercept... that little gremlin has crept into our game (JdV + Hab), it's a killer for the Bok backline.

      FJ2 - 2011-08-18 19:12

      @Sh@rks Fever: SBW is a special player. Asking whether Spies could beat him in a boxing fight? Don't think either of them should box. Have you seen Sonny Bill boxing? It's a joke. My grandma could beat him - but then she's a real boxer.

  • Tools1 - 2011-08-18 07:51

    You have to apreciate the fact that there really is only one team in the world that we dont just expect the bokke to win, one team we really respect as rugby fanatics in this country. And we are playing them in our back yard this weekend. A win or a loss, this is regarded as the clash of the Titans. I grew up dreaming I would play against them one day and when i woke up my bed was wet.......What a spectacle this always is....GO BOKKE

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 07:59

    6-0 6-0 6-0.

      ck - 2011-08-18 08:04

      To?

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 08:26

      Seriously?

      Oom Filimon - 2011-08-18 08:39

      @ ck.....one always states the score of the home side first..........so.....6 Bokke......o Blackies

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 08:55

      Oom Filimon, seriously?

  • sonnyg - 2011-08-18 08:02

    Plenty of pace in that backline.

      Makutu - 2011-08-18 08:51

      It's gonna be bad!

  • The Oracle - 2011-08-18 08:06

    Helium should be fired after we lose this match, what purpose do Gary Gold and Mr. Muir should be deported, they have indeed cheapened the Bok Jersey, if not they should 'step-down gracefully.'

  • Marcus Daily - 2011-08-18 08:07

    Strong team, altough I feel Ma'a Nonu should've been on the bench as the All Blacks do have a rather fragile player in Richard Kahui (but I guess Toeava will shift to centre when Jane comes on). Nonetheless it's obvious these guys are gonna give the ball plenty of air, Bokke gonna do alot of chasing that's for sure. All Blacks by 10.

  • Brian Heunis - 2011-08-18 08:08

    Watch Dagg weave his magic! The man is the most exciting rugby player in the world! Including SBW....

      TheBush Catable - 2011-08-18 08:17

      Poor guy had to excel at something with a surname like that. DAG: noun 1a. (usually in the plural) a lump of matted wool and faeces hanging from the rear end of a sheep; b. such a lump cut from a sheep. 2. a person (primarily male) who is regarded as something of a ‘character’, eccentric but entertainingly so, a wag. 3a. an unfashionable adolescent. b. any unfashionable or non-stylish person.

      Makutu - 2011-08-18 09:27

      Dagg means fish in Hebrew moron!

      TheBush Catable - 2011-08-18 13:31

      @ Makutu... I'm sure it has other meanings. I was just pointing out common slang meanings from that part of the world. No offence intended. See you next Tuesday.

  • ALL-4-SA - 2011-08-18 08:19

    We can do this if we work as a team and break there defence with Jauque Fourie and Habana who needs to show form and i believe he will pull something out the hat

  • kiwi - 2011-08-18 08:26

    Israel Dagg, who scored a memorable try in last year’s Test against the Springboks in Soweto, "will gonna do it again"

  • Marx - 2011-08-18 08:28

    The Bokke to take this one and taking momentum into the WC.

  • jk - 2011-08-18 08:29

    good b side

      Tools1 - 2011-08-18 08:38

      jk you up early... time for your next fix?

      jk - 2011-08-18 08:54

      HAD IT AT 6AM, THATS WHY MY COMMENTS SO SHARP!!!PROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVINCE!!!!!!!

  • Chief Kok - 2011-08-18 08:45

    Massive!!! All Blacks by at least 10 points

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-18 08:49

      ..easy one for the All Blacks.... ........2011 World Champs...!!

      pat2luke - 2011-08-18 08:52

      Sorry Kok, you will have a case of brewer's droop

      Marx - 2011-08-18 08:58

      Yes, they will go down by at least 10. Go Bokke!!

      Jakes71 - 2011-08-18 10:03

      BACKINGBLACK!

  • Robert - 2011-08-18 09:22

    Only kept three players from the team that belted the wobblies. Its a real dilema who do we leave out so much talent? Wonder if the IRB could let us play two teams at the moment so we could finish first,and second in this years world cup. I have to say it warmed my heart so much to see all the adoring All Blacks fans at the Airport in South Africa waiting to greet the All Blacks off the plane. The Coloured ,and Black people in South Africa just love our All Black team because they are a united team with different ethnic groups playing in the one team. They arent use to that sort of thing in South Africa.Thank you for becoming our home away from home over there is South Africa. I know our All Blacks really love the support they get over there.

  • Boxxer - 2011-08-18 09:47

    Why 3 scrum halves?

      McKay - 2011-08-18 10:35

      I dont usually post here, but thought I'll help you out. Colin Slade is in at 10, so Andy Ellis will cover 9 and Piri Weepu will cover 10 if anything should go wrong. Cory Jane will cover wing and FB, as Toeava might cover 13 if Kahui gets subbed. The Boks look set and this match will be historic, much like the Soweto game 2010. Enjoy the game.

      Boxxer - 2011-08-18 10:43

      Thanks!

  • Aabels - 2011-08-18 10:10

    Oh Oh Oh!!!!!! The Boks is playing in Cheeky and Luke's Backyard. Imagine if the Boks win how proud these two ANC comrades will be????? Go wet yourself guys.

  • fallbabylon - 2011-08-18 10:42

    bokke kry weer op hulle moer

  • George - 2011-08-18 10:52

    I wonder, if NZ would pick an "A" and "B" side to play in the world cup. Think they might even end up playing each other in the final?

  • whitemamba - 2011-08-18 11:50

    This is it, lose this game and its tickets for the boks world cup hopes and into the futuer i fear. complete new coaching staff required ASAP.

  • Mack - 2011-08-18 11:54

    I rate we can take this team. No Read or Carter or Thorne. it 's late for the All blacks. Springboks Forever!

  • Christy - 2011-08-18 13:00

    @Maycenz: No I did not fabricate any of those. I saw this on a tv program(documentary program) but you can read up on this link; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81ori_Party I ad that the host of that program may had a wrong word choice words that led me to believe that. Anyway the obove link does make one wonder of the equal rights in that country. I happens to know someone from my country that now lives in NZ land. Racial wise its not all shiny down there and I bet you have had see some racial discrimination one way or another....

      maycenz - 2011-08-18 13:18

      @ christy - seriously you are firing wikipedia articles (did you even read the article?) at me and claiming some dodgy documentary that you can't name explains your points, oh don't let me forget your friend..hah. Im sorry but you are very uninformed when it comes to Maori politics and issues in NZ as a whole. You are claiming that it makes you wonder about equal rights? Do you even understand the Maori party policies? Do you also understand that NZ'ers with Maori ethnicity make up 15 % of NZ population but this party only won 2.5% of the vote? Don't claim things that you clearly have no understanding of. It just makes you look idiotic. Below so ya can enjoy some more wikipedia time is further information on Maori parties and politics. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maori_politics or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_M%C4%81ori_Party for one of the first parties.

      Steven - 2011-08-18 13:28

      Well im from nz and the moari have more rights than any other race in the country. Theres a public holiday marking the european/maori treaty every year. Everything that gets built in the country needs iwi (local tribe) consent, we have a NZ moari rugby team, there is maori scholarships that can be had, there are 2 political parties (Mana and the Maori Parties), in schools there are moari language classes,, there is a whole channel on tv dedicated to maori...... to list just a few and theres many more. I think they have more than equal rights in this country. Does SA also have those things?

      Marksman - 2011-08-18 15:32

      @Christy: I am a Namibian All Blacks supporter. How can you possibly be sure that we all are like that? I for one have admiration and respect for all the Bok players, because I am a fan of the game of rugby firstly. Words like "unity", "patriotism" and "reconciliation" are ad nauseum uttered by the local politicians; I can't help to wonder if you are maybe one of them. Don't tell me to stand behide "their national teams" I am a Namibian, not a South African; we are an independent country since 21 March 1990, so I am under no obligation to support the SA Bok team! On 22 September the Boks will play Namibia in a RWC pool game. Now be honest, who will you support that day? Will you support Namibia?

  • rosemarie - 2011-08-18 14:05

    we belittle ourselves with this "race" issue debate the team or the man leave race. remeber that horror Hitler and his race chit- was it jese owen who made him look idiotic go owen go

      namibia24 - 2011-08-18 15:15

      Got this from an all black site. Just for the fun of it... have a laugh!!!!!!!!!!!! An Australian teacher asks her students if they're Wallabies fans. Everyone raises their hand expect one little girl. The teacher says "Why aren't you a Wallabies fan?" "I am an All Blacks fan" The teacher asks why, "Because my mum is an All Blacks fan, and my dad is an All Blacks fan, so I'm an All Blacks fan too!" The teacher says "That is no reason. What if your mum were a moron and your dad were a moron, what would you be then?" "Then I'd be a Wallabies fan."

  • cupid - 2011-08-18 15:28

    Boks will win. They have NO choice.! . I can picture the boks coming out firing as WC spots are up for grabs and the fans are long due for a win (finger crossed for an AB win) . This ABs team is good but they will be exposed in the Midfield. The SBW-Kahui has never been tried before so it will either work or it will capitulate. I just hope the new paring doesnt put SBW out of a WC spot. Boks by 10 but am hoping the ABs will stick with them and get in by 7.

  • TheDuck - 2011-08-18 18:24

    Blah blah blah Bismark is gonna eat SBW!!!

      Mickey Fin - 2011-08-19 03:09

      @The&uck. Nou praat jy kak!!!!

  • Robert - 2011-08-18 23:21

    Christy you obviously stuggle with New Zealand Politics and get that completely wrong. Here is an article today why your coloured people say they support the All Blacks this is for your edification. "Rugby has died in the schools of the [poor] northern suburbs," Felkers says. "And we have played rugby in this region forever. But we have no facilities. There has been no investment from Saru, no upliftment and we feel let down." Once more, in a brand-new era, resentment of Saru has been channelled into supporting the Springboks' opposition. "In our suburbs we are crying out for sport to give our teenagers something to do to keep them away from drugs and crime. Rugby can do that, but it hasn't because the system has let us down." Saru's flagship investment in the Eastern Cape is, of course, the Southern Kings, and bully to them for resurrecting top-flight rugby in the region, but for the less affluent rugby man on the ground this means diddly squat. "Nothing has changed at grass roots," says Felkers. "We don't feel that Saru is engaging us. We don't feel any affinity to Saru. We remain forgotten."

  • Rob Jones - 2011-08-18 23:29

    @Christy Christy you obviously stuggle with New Zealand Politics and get that completely wrong. Here is an article today why your coloured people say they support the All Blacks this is for your edification. "Rugby has died in the schools of the [poor] northern suburbs," Felkers says. "And we have played rugby in this region forever. But we have no facilities. There has been no investment from Saru, no upliftment and we feel let down." Once more, in a brand-new era, resentment of Saru has been channelled into supporting the Springboks' opposition. "In our suburbs we are crying out for sport to give our teenagers something to do to keep them away from drugs and crime. Rugby can do that, but it hasn't because the system has let us down." Saru's flagship investment in the Eastern Cape is, of course, the Southern Kings, and bully to them for resurrecting top-flight rugby in the region, but for the less affluent rugby man on the ground this means diddly squat. "Nothing has changed at grass roots," says Felkers. "We don't feel that Saru is engaging us. We don't feel any affinity to Saru. We remain forgotten."

  • Rob Jones - 2011-08-19 00:35

    @Christy You got it hopelessly wrong trying to quote NZ Politics this is to help your edification on whats happening in your own country to where you also appear to be confused. Its easy to continue this tradition because the All Blacks are a brilliant rugby team. They are the Manchester United of rugby. They win consistently and they win in style. People love winners." Older members of the Port Elizabeth community are in no hurry to convert their children into Bok supporters. They feel stranded by empty promises from the game's governing body. "Rugby has died in the schools of the [poor] northern suburbs," Felkers says. "And we have played rugby in this region forever. But we have no facilities. There has been no investment from Saru, no upliftment and we feel let down." Once more, in a brand-new era, resentment of Saru has been channelled into supporting the Springboks' opposition. "In our suburbs we are crying out for sport to give our teenagers something to do to keep them away from drugs and crime. Rugby can do that, but it hasn't because the system has let us down." Saru's flagship investment in the Eastern Cape is, of course, the Southern Kings, and bully to them for resurrecting top-flight rugby in the region, but for the less affluent rugby man on the ground this means diddly squat. "Nothing has changed at grass roots," says Felkers. "We don't feel that Saru is engaging us. We don't feel any affinity to Saru. We remain forgotten."

  • gsaker1 - 2011-08-19 04:22

    This a very very potent back line...and do not underestimate Coilin Slade who is lightning quick of the mark with a very fast lose combination...and extremely mobile forward even Afoa and Woodcock are quick for big guys...Very smart from the All Blacks they know the Box will still not be totally match fit - at least not every player and they have selected a side that can run their big tight five off their feet...very smart tactic and one that will win the game I believe...watch he extremely fit All Blacks roll over SA in the last twenty minutes...and look for SA Africa to bore us to death with rolling mauls to slow down the pace of the game. Yawn

  • Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-08-19 10:16

    A rusty Woodcock up against Jannie, if ever Jannie had a chance to get the "upper hand" this is it. Jannie, please make the most of this opportunity and scrum him into the ground, that will give you the psychological edge in future encounters.

  • Jannie de Vos - 2011-08-19 17:17

    The Blacks had our B team for breakfast! Nothing but a decent win against their B team will save face for us. But, at the risk of sounding negative and disloyal, I somehow cannot see that happening... But I do hope I'll be choking on these words tomorrow.

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