Williams ruled out

Ali Williams’s comeback from injury has been halted by a recurrence of his Achilles problem and he won’t face Italy.

The lock was first injured in the Super 14 and hasn’t played any part in the Tests against France. Now Crusader Isaac Ross will continue in the second row  alongside Brad Thorn on his home pitch in Christchurch.

New Zealand (revised) – 15 Mils Muliaina (c), 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Isaia Toeava, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Josevata Rokocoko, 10 Luke McAlister, 9 Brendon Leonard; 8 Kieran Read, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Isaac Ross, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 Tony Woodcock, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Bryn Evans, 20 George Whitelock, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Cory Jane.

Italy – 15 Luke McLean, 14 Kaine Robertson, 13 Gonzalo Canale, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Craig Gower, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Marco Bortolami, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Ignacio Rouyet, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Salvatore Perugini. Subs: 16 Franco Sbaraglini, 17 Fabio Staibano, 18 Carlo Antonio Del Fava, 19 Simone Favaro, 20 Giulio Toniolatti, 21 Kristopher Burton, 22 Matteo Pratichetti.