New Zealand coach Graham Henry on Friday announced his team to play Australia in their semi-final match at Eden Park, Auckland, on Sunday, 16 October. Aaron Cruden comes in at number 10, with Stephen Donald on the bench, whilst Richard Kahui and Israel Dagg return in the back three. Richie McCaw is passed fit and leads the side, whilst Sonny Bill Williams is on the bench.
1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Keven Mealamu, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Richie McCaw (c), 8. Kieran Read, 9. Piri Weepu, 10. Aaron Cruden, 11. Richard Kahui, 12. Ma’a Nonu, 13. Conrad Smith, 14. Cory Jane, 15. Israel Dagg
16. Andrew Hore, 17. Ben Franks, 18. Ali Williams, 19. Victor Vito, 20. Andy Ellis, 21. Stephen Donald, 22. Sonny Bill Williams