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All Blacks change 12 for Namibia

2015-09-22 15:11
Sam Cane (File)

Cape Town - Sam Cane will captain a new-look All Blacks side against Namibia in London on Thursday.

Kick-off is at 21:00.

There are 12 changes to the starting line-up that featured against Argentina on Sunday, with wings Nehe Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea the only players retaining their place in the backline.

Meanwhile, Sam Whitelock is the only member of the pack who keeps his starting berth for the All Blacks’ second match of the World Cup.

"At the completion of this match, 30 of the 31 players in our squad will have experienced time in the middle," coach Steven Hansen commented.

"That will give us a good foundation base going forward and was always part of our planning pre-tournament. It's now their time to step up."

Wing Waisake Naholo, who recently overcame a leg injury, is the only player yet to get any game time.


All Blacks

15 Colin Slade, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Ben Franks

Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Tony Woodcock, 19 Kieran Read, 20 Richie McCaw, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Ma'a Nonu, 23 Ben Smith



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