29 Oct 2010

All Blacks name top lineup to take on Australia

11:07 am on 29 October 2010

The All Black selectors have named their strongest lineup to take on Australia in the fourth Bledisloe Cup Test in Hong Kong on Saturday night.

Dan Carter is back after his ankle surgery, while in other changes from their last test in Sydney, Jimmy Cowan, Jerome Kaino and Joe Rokococko all start.

Hooker Hikawera Elliot, whose sole All Black appearence was against Munster in 2008, could get his Test debut off the bench.

Also in the reserves are Daniel Braid, Alby Mathewson, Stephen Donald and Isaia Toeava.

There is no place in the 22 for Sonny Bill Williams.

The team (with Ttest caps) is Tony Woodcock (69), Keven Mealamu (80), Owen Franks (17), Brad Thorn (46), Tom Donnelly (13), Jerome Kaino (33), Richie McCaw - captain (89), Kieran Read (25), Jimmy Cowan (41), Daniel Carter (74), Josevata Rokocoko (66), Ma'a Nonu (52), Conrad Smith (41), Cory Jane (21), Mils Muliaina (89)

Reserves: Hikawera Elliot (uncapped), John Afoa (25), Samuel Whitelock (8), Daniel Braid (4), Alby Mathewson (1), Stephen Donald (19), Isaia Toeava (26)