Henry vows to pick powerful side

Graham Henry says there will be no wholesale changes for the All Blacks’ Tri-Nations campaign.

The Springboks plan to rest many of their first-choice players at some stage in the Tri-Nations, but Henry confirmed that the All Blacks wouldn’t follow suit. While the coach has one eye on the World Cup, he wants to build some momentum in that Sanzar tournament.

Henry did admit that alternatives to Richie McCaw and Dan Carter would have to be tested in a pressure environment. For the sake of development, he will give other players some starting opportunities in the key positions of openside flank and flyhalf.

Henry added that players coming back from injury like McCaw, Colin Slade, Isaia Toeava, Israel Dagg, Daniel Braid and Tony Woodcock would have to play some domestic rugby to improve their match fitness.