18 Aug 2010

Cowan to start ahead of Weepu

6:46 pm on 18 August 2010

As expected Jimmy Cowan returns to start at halfback for the All Blacks in this weekend's Tri-Nations clash against the Springboks in Johannesburg.

Cowan has returned from a rib injury to start ahead of Piri Weepu in the match that could clinch the title for the All Blacks.

Coach Graham Henry says both players are key to their game....



OUT:...next one.

DUR:...17 secs

Meanwhile Henry says after 7 straight starts, prop Owen Franks deserves a rest and that's why he's been replaced by older brother Ben in the starting lineup.

and the Springboks have made 7 changes to their starting lineup including a new centre pairing of Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh.