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  • Penalty goals: Armitage, Flood,
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  • Muliaina (2), Nonu,
    Penalty goals: Carter (5),
    Conversions: Carter,
  • International Match
  • 29th Nov 2008
  • KO 14:30
  • Ground: Twickenham
  • Att: 81,180

England v All Blacks: Teams

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England fly-half Danny Cipriani has been dropped in favour of Toby Flood for Saturday's clash against New Zealand.

The Wasps No.10 was widely criticised following England's record defeat by South Africa last week and will start on the bench at Twickenham.

Leicester's Flood has been the form outside half in the Premiership this season and is regarded as a more reliable place-kicker than Cipriani.

The change is one of three made by manager Martin Johnson.

Flanker Tom Rees has been dropped to the bench, with Michael Lipman to start on the open-side, while Nick Kennedy returns to the second row in place of Tom Palmer.

Sale prop Andrew Sheridan misses out with a neck injury but New Zealand-born inside centre Riki Flutey has recovered from a hamstring problem.

On the bench, there is the first appearance of the autumn of Leicester centre Dan Hipkiss.

New Zealand have recalled centre Conrad Smith for Saturday's meeting with England at Twickenham.

Smith, who was rested for last week's victory over Wales in Cardiff, will start at outside centre in place of Richard Kahui, who is not named in the matchday 22.

The 27-year-old Smith will win his 23rd cap and second start of the tour in the only change to the side that won 29-9 at the Millennium Stadium.

England team: D Armitage (London Irish); P Sackey (Wasps), J Noon (Newcastle), R Flutey (Wasps), U Monye (Harlequins); T Flood (Leicester), D Care (Harlequins); T Payne (Wasps), L Mears (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps), S Borthwick (Saracens, capt), N Kennedy (London Irish), J Haskell (Wasps), M Lipman (Bath), N Easter. (Harlequins).
Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton), M Stevens (Bath), T Croft (Leicester), T Rees (Wasps), H Ellis (Leicester), D Cipriani (Wasps), D Hipkiss (Leicester).

New Zealand: M Muliaina (Waikato); J Rokocoko (Auckland), C Smith (Wellington), M Nonu (Wellington), S Sivivatu (Waikato); D Carter (Canterbury), J Cowan (Southland); T Woodcock (North Harbour), K Mealamu (Auckland), N Tialata (Wellington), B Thorn (Tasman), A Williams (Tasman), J Kaino (Auckland), R McCaw (Canterbury, capt), R So'oialo (Wellington).
Replacements: H Elliott (Hawke's Bay), J Afoa (Auckland), A Boric (North Harbour), K Read (Canterbury), P Weepu (Wellington), S Donald (Waikato), I Toeava (Auckland).

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