1 Aug 2008

Henry say weather hasn't been much of a problem

7:20 pm on 1 August 2008

His preparations for the must-win Tri Nations/Bledisloe Cup rugby Test in Auckland have been beset by injuries to key players, late changes of position and less than ideal weather, but the All Blacks coach Graham Henry won't concede it's getting on top of him.

Henry says the coaches and players know the Wallabies won the tatical battle in Sydney and deciding early what was needed to put it right and getting it into practice has been a great help.

And he says although it's been a bit wet for training many people have had far bigger problems with the week's stormy weather than the All Blacks.

Henry has finalised the starting 15 with Jimmy Cowan at halfback and Andrew Hore at hooker.

Piri Weepu makes his All Blacks return on the bench.