All Blacks recall Jane, Kaino and Tialata
November 25, 2009
Neemia Tialata returns to the All Blacks front-row © Getty Images
New Zealand have made three changes for their showdown with France at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday.
Jerome Kaino replaces Adam Thomson at blindside, Neemia Tialata replaces Owen Franks at tight-head and Cory Jane is restored on the wing ahead of Zac Guildford. The All Blacks are looking for a clean sweep of their tour after wins over Wales, Italy and England and face their sternest test against a France side fresh from a victory over South Africa.
Kaino slots in to the back-row alongside skipper Richie McCaw and No.8 Kieran Read, while the lock combination is unchanged as Tom Donnelly and Brad Thorn are again handed starts. Franks drops to the bench to allow Tialata to start alongside Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock.
Dan Carter will want to kick on from a mixed showing against England and is again partnered with Jimmy Cowan, who scored the only try at Twickenham. Centre Ma'a Nonu had missed training this week with a bruised hip but has recovered to be named alongside his club team-mate Conrad Smith.
"The French will be a passionate, physical side who are undefeated at home in their November Tests so it will be another huge Test for the All Blacks," said All Blacks coach Graham Henry. "The team is looking forward to the challenge."
New Zealand: Mils Muliaina; Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Sitiveni Sivivatu; Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan; Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata, Brad Thorn, Tom Donnelly, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Kieran Read
Replacements: Corey Flynn, Owen Franks, Anthony Boric, Tanerau Latimer, Andy Ellis, Stephen Donald, Luke McAlister
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