AB’s name two opensiders

Graham Henry picked two specialist opensiders to tame the Irish in Saturday’s first test in Hamilton.

The All Blacks coach included local favourite Marty Holah and captain Richie McCaw in a starting XV that includes ten players, who did not feature in the all-New Zealand Super 14 final.

South African-born Greg Rawlinson makes his test debut, but has the comfort of the experienced Chris Jack to ease the nerves.

The backline, with the exception of the midfield, is made up exclusively from Blues and Chiefs players, two of the worst performing New Zealand teams in this year’s Super 14.

Rawlinson aside, Highlanders prop Clarke Dermody makes his test debut.

ALL BLACKS: 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Doug Howlett, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Byron Kelleher; 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Richie McCaw, 6 Marty Holah, 5 Greg Rawlinson, 4 Chris Jack, 3 Carl Hayman, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Clarke Dermody. Subs: 16 Anton Oliver, 17 Neemia Tialata, 18 Troy Flavell, 19 Jerome Kaino, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 David Hill, 22 Scott Hamilton.