22 Nov 2008

All Blacks starting side confirmed

1:17 pm on 22 November 2008

The All Blacks coach Graham Henry has been able to finalise his side to take on Wales in Cardiff on Sunday morning.

The propping situation has been confirmed with Tony Woodcock cleared of any suspension following his punch while playing Ireland and his back complaint has cleared up enabling him to start at loosehead prop, while Neemia Tialata is over a virus and will start at tighhead.

John Afoa is on the bench alongside the Hawkes Bay hooker Hikawera Elliott, who has been promoted following the arm injury suffered by Corey Flynn.

Flynn broke his left arm in the win over Munster mid week and is returning home.