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All Black midfielder will win his 100th All Black cap in this weekend’s Rugby World Cup Pool C match against Tonga.
He will become the All Blacks sixth Test centurion on Friday and will line up alongside three of those centurions: hooker Keven Mealamu, prop Tony Woodcock and first five-eighth Daniel Carter.
The All Blacks have played Tonga four times, three times at Rugby World Cup: in 1999, 2003 and most recently, in the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2011.
As well as Nonu’s 100th Test match, several other All Blacks will reach milestones this Friday: Owen Franks will play his 75th Test and Samuel Whitelock will play his 70th. Conrad Smith played his 90th Test last week, while Kieran Read played his 80th Test. Read will become the 10th equal most capped All Black of all time this this week (alongside Justin Marshall).
The All Blacks matchday 23 for the Georgia Test has an average age of 28 and has 1,251 Test caps of experience.