Hore and Cowan cleared

Andrew Hore and Jimmy Cowan have been cleared to face the Wallabies in Auckland on Saturday.

The All Blacks have therefore been able to confirm their squad for the second leg of the Bledisloe Cup – three days after the side had originally been named.

Cowan has recovered from a knee injury and will start at scrumhalf while Andy Ellis, who injured his ribs in last week’s defeat to Australia, is replaced by Piri Weepu on the bench.

Hore, the Hurricanes hooker, had been a doubt after bruising his hip when scoring for the All Blacks last week but will be able to take his place in the starting line-up.

Adam Thomson has been named on the bench ahead of specialist flanker Daniel Braid

All Blacks – 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Richard Kahui, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Willliams, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock. Subs – 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 John Afoa, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Anthony Tuitavake.