Dougie’s fullback delight

Doug Howlett will play fullback for the All Blacks in Saturday’s Vodacom Tri Nations test against the Springboks in Rustenburg.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry will again look to mix and match his match 22, with 10 changes expected to the side that hammered the Boks 45-26 in Pretoria.

New Zealand media reports suggest Howlett, who played fullback for the Blues in their stunning 2003 title-winning season, will replace the injured Leon MacDonald, which means Mils Muliaina will stay at outside centre. Joe Rokocoko also trained in the probable test backline, while Aaron Mauger is likely to replace Luke McAlister.

The only surprise in the backs appears to be a starting place for scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan, while in the pack Hurricanes hooker Andrew Hore will start in place of Anton Oliver, with Keven Mealamu again set to provide impact off the bench.

Richie McCaw and Dan Carter trained and Henry no doubt wants one more big effort from his two stars to secure only the second All Blacks series win in South Africa.

Henry names his test team on Tuesday afternoon.

All Blacks (probable): Doug Howlett, Joe Rokocoko, Mils Muliaina, Aaron Mauger, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan, Rodney So’oialo, Richie McCaw, Jerry Collins, Chris Jack, Jason Eaton, Carl Hayman, Andrew Hore and Tony Woodcock. Subs: Mealamu, Tialata, Williams, Holah, Kelleher, McAlister and Gear.