Rugby Championship 2012: New Zealand team to play Australia

All Black Team LogoSteve Hansen has named his All Black side for their opening fixture against Australia in the inaugural Rugby Championship in Sydney.

Ma’a Nonu replaces the injured Conrad Smith to form a formidable centre partnership with the soon to be departing Sonny Bill Williams. Luke Romano gets his second test experience at lock and Kieran Read is back for the All Blacks at 8.

New Zealand
15. Isreal Dagg
14. Cory Jane
13. Ma’a Nonu
12. Sonny Bill Williams
11. Hosea Gear
10. Dan Carter
9. Aaron Smith

8.Kieran Read
7. Richie McCaw
6. Liam Messam
5. Sam Whitelock
4. Luke Romano
3. Owen Franks
2. Keven Mealamu
1. Tony Woodcock.

Replacements:
Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith.

2 thoughts on “Rugby Championship 2012: New Zealand team to play Australia

  1. Very surprised to see Weepu make the 22 ahead of Kerr Barlow. For me Nonu only makes it because of Smith and Kahui injuries. I think they should be too much for Aus.

  2. weepu for his experience at half…would have been crazy to go in to this comp with two near rookie halfbacks..i know Smiths had x3 test but he’s up against the no:1 half in the world..GENIA..kerr-barlow will be there soon give him time..piri knows theres a pretty good replacement waiting in the wings so he’s gonna be playing xtra special whenever he gets some game time but man..Smith nd Kerr-barlow starting together in a test makes for even more option for AB management..future in the halfs looks exciting..

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