All Blacks latest – Slade to front Fiji

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Slade to front Fiji – Colin Slade will start his first Test for the All Blacks when they host Fiji on Friday night.

Slade is partnered by Jimmy Cowan at halfback, while Dan Carter is included on the bench. Jarrad Hoeata will make his debut in the lock position.

While most of the Crusaders players will not start, Richie McCaw is favoured at openside flank. The All Blacks’ captain has struggled with injury during the Super Rugby season and hasn’t played as much rugby as his Crusaders team-mates.

All Blacks – 15-Mils Muliaina, 14-Zac Guildford, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma’a Nonu, 11-Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10-Colin Slade, 9-Jimmy Cowan, 8-Liam Messam, 7-Richie McCaw (c), 6-Adam Thomson, 5-Ali Williams, 4-Jarrad Hoeata, 3-Ben Franks, 2-Andrew Hore, 1-Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16-Corey Flynn, 17-John Afoa, 18-Sam Whitelock, 19-Jerome Kaino, 20-Piri Weepu, 21-Dan Carter, 22-Ben Smith.