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All Blacks turn to Williams

Cross-code convert handed his debut

Last Updated: 04/11/10 6:00pm

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Williams: Debut

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Cross-code convert Sonny Bill Williams will make his All Blacks debut against England on Saturday.

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The 25-year-old has been named in the centres for the Twickenham Test - and will go up against his former New Zealand rugby league team-mate Shontayne Hape.

Williams, who now plays for Canterbury and the Crusaders after moving from Toulon, replaces Conrad Smith in one of four changes from the side that lost 26-24 to Australia.

Alby Mathewson will make his start debut at scrum-half, with Samuel Whitelock and Hosea Gear also coming into the side.

Jimmy Cowan, Tom Donnelly and the injured Cory Jane all make way.

On the bench, Ben Franks, Anthony Boric, Liam Messam and Andy Ellis have all been called up.

And coach Graham Henry is keen for his side to get back to winning ways after the Wallabies ended their 15-match unbeaten streak.

"There is a resolve in the team to put in an improved performance this weekend and the team has worked hard on that this week," he said on allblacks.com.

"There is excitement in the camp as well, with the All Blacks playing England at Twickenham for the Hillary Shield always a marvellous occasion."

New Zealand: 15 M Muliaina, 14 J Rokocoko, 13 SB Williams, 12 M Nonu, 11 H Gear, 10 D Carter, 9 A Mathewson, 1 T Woodcock, 2 K Mealamu, 3 O Franks, 4 B Thorn, 5 S Whitelock, 6 J Kaino, 7 R McCaw (capt), 8 K Read.
Replacements: 16 H Elliot, 17 B Franks, 18 A Boric, 19 L Messam, 20 A Ellis, 21 S Donald, 22 I Toeava.

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