29 Oct 2009

Three changes to All Blacks for Tokyo's Bledisloe Test

7:46 am on 29 October 2009

There are three changes to the starting line-up that beat Australia in the final Tri Nations Test last month for Saturday's Bledisloe Cup dead rubber in Tokyo.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry's recalled 60-Test veteran Rodney So'oialo at number eight, with Kieran Read moving onto the reserves bench, while in the backs Sitiveni Sivivatu and Conrad Smith return from injury to take their positions on the left wing and at centre respectively.

Hooker Corey Flynn comes into the reserves with the uncapped Tamati Ellison covering the outside backs.

It's just the second time a Bledisloe Cup Test has been played outside of Australia or New Zealand and follows on from the Test last year in Hong Kong.

The full team is: Richie McCaw (captain), Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata, Brad Thorn, Tom Donnelly, Adam Thomson, Rodney So'oialo, Jimmy Cowan, Dan Carter, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Cory Jane, Mils Muliaina.

Reserves: Corey Flynn, John Afoa, Jason Eaton, Kieran Read, Brendon Leonard, Stephen Donald and Tamati Ellison.