1 Aug 2011

ABs set to field strong lineup for Wallabies

9:24 am on 1 August 2011

A few changes are expected to the All Blacks lineup for this weekend's second Tri-Nations test, against the Wallabies in Auckland.

Coach Graham Henry says with the World Cup in the back of their minds, they still want to give everyone the opportunity to impress, and among those likely to return this weekend are Keven Mealamu and the Crusaders contingent of Owen Franks, Brad Thorn and Kieren Read.

Henry says at this stage its a bit of a balancing act for the selectors from game to game, but it's likely to be their strongest available side this weekend.

The Wallabies coaching co-ordinator David Nucifora says he's excited about the blossoming crop of brilliant youngsters they're developing for the World Cup.