Duo handed All Blacks debuts
Richard Kahui and Rudi Wulf are set to make their international debuts after being named in New Zealand's side to face England.
Last Updated: 17/06/08 8:24am
Richard Kahui and Rudi Wulf are set to make their international debuts after being named in New Zealand's side for the second Test against England.
Coach Graham Henry makes four changes in total following the comprehensive 37-20 victory at Eden Park in the first Test.
Kahui replaces Conrad Smith in the centres, while Rudi Wulf comes on to the wing for Anthony Tuitavake.
There is also a first start for flanker Adam Thompson, meaning Rodney So'oialo moves to No.8 in place of Jerome Kaino.
At full-back, Crusaders ace Leon MacDonald gets the nod ahead of the benched Mils Muliaina.
And Henry insists the changes for the Test in Christchurch are important to give some of the younger All Blacks vital international experience.
"Our first goal is to win. We also need to give some of our new players a chance to experience Test level rugby and handle that situation," he said.
"The challenge we've set for this weekend is to do both of these things at the same time and we have faith in the players that they can do it."
New Zealand: 15 Leon MacDonald (Crusaders), 14 Sitiveni Sivivatu (Chiefs), 13 Richard Kahui (Chiefs), 12 Ma'a Nonu (Hurricanes), 11 Rudi Wulf (Blues), 10 Daniel Carter (Crusaders), 9 Andy Ellis (Crusaders), 1 Neemia Tialata (Hurricanes), 2 Andrew Hore (Hurricanes), 3 Greg Somerville (Crusaders), 4 Brad Thorn (Crusaders), 5 Ali Williams (Crusaders), 6 Adam Thomson (Highlanders), 7 Richie McCaw (Crusaders), 8 Rodney So'oialo (Hurricanes).
Replacements: 16 Keven Mealamu (Blues), 17 Tony Woodcock (Blues), 18 Anthony Boric (Blues), 19 Sione Lauaki (Chiefs), 20 Jimmy Cowan (Highlanders), 21 Stephen Donald (Chiefs), 22 Mils Muliaina (Chiefs).