All Blacks make one change for Eden Park
Thu, 23 Aug 2012 5:43a.m.
The All Blacks have made one forced change to their side to face the Wallabies in the second Bledisloe Cup rugby Test in Auckland on Saturday night.
Veteran loosehead prop Tony Woodcock's unavailability through injury has opened the way for Wyatt Crockett to return to the Test arena after a break of 12 months.
Woodcock suffered rib damage in New Zealand's 27-19 win over Australia in Sydney last weekend in the opening round of the Investec Rugby Championship and was ruled out on Tuesday.
While Woodcock has 87 caps, the 29-year-old Crockett, who made his debut in 2009, has six Test appearances.
The last of those was against the Wallabies at Eden Park last August, when New Zealand ran out 30-14 winners.
Coach Steve Hansen says the All Blacks were happy with the victory in Sydney last Saturday night, but want an improved performance.
"We are expecting that Australia will take a step up in their intensity after last weekend's loss and we will have to be ready for that challenge,” says Hansen.
Hansen said the team was excited about playing the first home game of the Investec Rugby Championship in front of a sold-out Eden Park.
"Playing in front of our home crowd is always exciting for the All Blacks. The fans are important to us and getting the opportunity to play a home Test is one we cherish."
Meanwhile, squad members Charlie Faumuina, Tamati Ellison and Adam Thomson have been released to their respective provinces for this week's opening round of the ITM Cup.
The All Blacks management are keen for the trio to get game time.
All Blacks: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Ma'a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Hosea Gear, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett.
Reserves: Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith. 3 News/NZN
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