3 Oct 2008

Auckland to field four All Blacks

11:04 am on 3 October 2008

Auckland will field four All Blacks in a crucial provincial rugby championship match against Northland at Eden Park on Sunday afternoon.

Prop John Afoa and hooker Keven Mealamu return to the front row and Isaia Toeava will start at first-five.

Winger Joe Rokocoko is back after a hamstring strain.

An injury to halfback Taniela Moa has resulted in Grayson Hart getting a start with Junior Poluleuligaga on the bench.

Auckland is eighth in the competition, on 22 points, after Waikato moved to sixth with its 45-41 win over Taranaki.

Taranaki remain seventh after picking up two bonus points and could still make the quarter-finals if other results go their way.