25 Aug 2011

Nonu to equal Little's record appearance

3:56 pm on 25 August 2011

Ma'a Nonu will equal Walter Little as the most capped All Blacks second five when he takes the field in Brisbane on Saturday night for the Tri Nations decider against Australia.

It will be Nonu's 45th All Black appearance.

As expected coach Graham Henry's named a revamped side following the loss by a second string side to South Africa at the weekend, with eleven changes.

In their last outing ahead of the World Cup captain Richie McCaw, first five Dan Carter, lock Brad Thorn, No.8 Kieran Read, Nonu, centre Conrad Smith and fullback Mils Muliaina all return.

With the backline completely changed, only hooker Keven Mealamu, prop Tony Woodcock, lock Sam Whitelock and flanker Adam Thomson were remain from the weekend's lineup in Port Elizabeth.

The All Blacks and Wallabies are tied atop the Tri-Nations with the All Blacks chasing their eleventh title since the championship began in 1996.

Australia last won it in 2001.