All Blacks make 10 changes for France

All Blacks coach Graham Henry has made 10 changes to his side for Saturday’s first Test against France in Lyon. Full-back Leon MacDonald, wing Sitiveni Sivivatu, scrum-half Piri Weepu and centres Conrad Smith and Luke McAlister come into the backs.

 

Rodney So’oialo, flanker Jerry Collins, hooker Anton Oliver and locks Ali Williams and James Ryan are named in the pack.

“We felt it was important to have fresh legs for this match against the strongest team in the northern hemisphere,” said Henry.


“We are playing in Lyon where they had a lot of success and we are playing on Armistice Day, which usually brings out the best in the French side.


“It’s a significant challenge for our team.”


There is an injury concern over prop Neemia Tialata so Henry has delayed naming his replacements for now. After this Saturday’s match the All Blacks again face Franc in Paris on 18 November and then play Wales in Cardiff a week later.


New Zealand: MacDonald; Rokocoko, Smith, McAlister, Sivivatu; Carter, Weepu; Woodcock, Oliver, Hayman, Ryan, Williams, Collins, McCaw (capt), So’oialo.
Replacements: TBA

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