13 Jul 2009

First five options get a boost for All Blacks

6:45 pm on 13 July 2009

First five options Stephen Donald and Luke McAlister look to set to be available for the All Blacks opening tri-nations test against Australia in Auckland, afterall.

Coach Graham Henry was due to name his starting lineup for Saturday's test tomorrow but that's been put back to Wednesday morning to confirm the pair are right, with Donald recovering from a hamstring strain and McAlister a back problem.

Both took a full part in training today and a team spokesman's confirmed they're available for selection.

If they aren't Wellington's Piri Weepu would likely start the tri nations in the number ten jersey.

The only player to sit out today's training was midfield back Isaia Toeava, who's already been ruled out with a foot injury.