21 Nov 2009

Young pair get vote of confidence from ABs selectors

12:23 pm on 21 November 2009

As expected, the All Blacks selectors have made wholesale changes from last week's lineup against Italy, with only two of the starting fifteen retained for Sunday morning's test against England at Twickenham.

The young Hawkes Bay winger Zac Guilford and the Canterbury prop Owen Franks have been given a vote of confidence, taking over from Corey Jane and Neemia Tialata who have started the first three tests of the tour.

Sitiveni Sivivatu and Tom Donnelly are the only two retained from the starting fifteen in Milan last week.

The run on 15 is Mils Muliaina, Zac Guildford, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Daniel Carter, Jimmy Cowan, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Adam Thomson, Tom Donnelly, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock.

No decision has been made about the fitness of hooker Corey Flynn who has been bracketed on the bench with Aled de Malmanche who has just joined the team in London.