New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu will become the third All Black to play 100 Tests in this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup rugby finale against Australia, which had to make its second injury-enforced change for the match.
New Zealand made two starting changes for its final Rugby Championship match against South Africa, picking Hosea Gear on the left wing in place of Julian Savea and replacing Luke Romano with Brodie Retallick at lock.
(The following press release from the New Zealand Rugby Union was received by e-mail. The sender verified the statement.) All Blacks first five-eighth Daniel Carter has been withdrawn from the team to play Argentina in the Investec Rugby Championship match at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, this weekend, with a calf strain. All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said Carter had been carrying a tight left calf this week but had been hopeful of playing. "However, at training this morning it was apparent that he would not be able to play so we have done the sensible thing and withdrawn him from the Test match." Aaron Cruden will now start the Test in the ten jersey, with Beauden Barrett, who made his Test debut against Ireland this year, called onto the All Blacks bench. The revised team to play Argentina is now as follows: (with Test caps in brackets. * denotes new cap) Starting XV: 1. Tony Woodcock (87) 2. Keven Mealamu (95)