2 Nov 2006

All Blacks side to play England

5:57 am on 2 November 2006

The All Black selectors have indicated they think England's injury-plagued rugby side might not be a tough as usual by including several players back from long injury breaks in their side for Monday morning's test in London

Lock Keith Robinson, first-five Nick Evans, centre Ma'a Nonu. number eight Chris Masoe and blindside flanker Reuben Thorne will all start.

Coach Graham Henry says the selectors plan to play most of the 32-man squad in the first two weeks it's good to have them back as they are fresh physically and mentally.

Henry says they expect a physical contest at Twickenham and another against France six days later so fresh legs will be needed for Lyon.

The team is: Mils Muliaina, Rico Gear, Ma'a Nonu, Aaron Mauger, Joe Rokocoko, Nick Evans, Byron Kelleher, Chris Masoe, Richie McCaw (captain), Reuben Thorne, Keith Robinson, Chris Jack, Carl Hayman, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Andrew Hore, John Afoa, Clark Dermody. Rodney So'oialo, Andrew Ellis, Dan Carter. Sitiveni Sivivatu. Fullback Leon MacDonald and prop Neemia Tialata were not considered for selection due to injury.