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Rugby, Australian Football: All Blacks make changes ahead of Saturdays game

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posted on Aug, 3 2004 @ 04:16 PM
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The All Blacks will make three changes to the side that pipped South Africa when they face the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.

Flanker Jono Gibbes returns from injury at the expense of Jerry Collins, while prop Carl Hayman regains the tighthead role from Greg Somerville.

Ali Williams replaces Simon Maling at second row to round off a remarkable comeback from international obscurity at the start of the season.

He came into the squad as a late replacement for injured Chiefs lock Keith Robinson - but ahs been elevated to a starting role after making impressive contributions off the bench.

Veteran Andrew Mehrtens has been recalled to oust Nick Evans from his place on the touchline.

The All Blacks would have a series defence in their grasp if they can overcome the Wallabies on Saturday - but an Australian victory would throw the Tri-Nations wide open again.

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