5 Nov 2008

Keven Mealamu to captain All Blacks

7:58 am on 5 November 2008

The hooker Keven Mealaumu will captain the All Blacks for the first time on Saturday night in the opening game of their 5-match tour of the UK.

Mealaumu will lead a team that includes 12 changes from the side which beat the Wallabies in Hong Kong last weekend.

Three forwards will be making their All Black debuts - the loosehead prop Jamie Mackintosh, and loose forwards Liam Messam and Kieran Read.

The starting fifteen is 15 Isaia Toeava, 14-Anthony Tuitavake, 13-Richard Kahui, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 11-Josevata Rokocoko, 10-Stephen Donald, 9-Piri Weepu, 8-Liam Messam, 7-Adam Thomson, 6-Kieran Read, 5-Ali Williams 4-Anthony Boric, 3-John Afoa, 2-Kevin Mealamu (captain), 1- Jamie Mackintosh.