Kiwis call on Crockett
22 Aug 2012
The All Blacks have made one change for their Rugby Championship match against the Wallabies in Auckland.
Wyatt Crockett will start at loosehead prop following the rib injury to veteran Tony Woodcock, while Sonny Bill Williams will play his last Test before joining up with the Wild Knights in Japan.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said that while the All Blacks had been happy with their first-up 27-19 win over the Wallabies in Sydney last weekend, the expectation of the team was to continue to seek improvement in its performance.
‘We are expecting that Australia will take a step up in their intensity after last weekend’s loss and we will have to be ready for that challenge.’
However, the chances of the Wallabies winning at Eden Park are slim, to say the least. They have lost 13 games in a row in Auckland with their last win coming 26 years ago.
All Blacks – 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Brodie Retallick, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Ben Smith.