Rugby World Cup: Guildford and Dagg In


Hawke's Bay's Zac Guildford and Israel Dagg have made the starting XV for the All Black's final pool match against Canada in Wellington on Sunday. 

It is the first time the pair have been named in a starting XV.

All Blacks Coach Graham Henry and his Assistant Coaches Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith have just announced the All Blacks team for their final Pool match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The starting XV features the return of Mils Muliaina at fullback in his 99th Test, Israel Dagg moves to the right wing, Sonny Bill Williams comes into second five-eighth for his fifth Test start, while halfback Jimmy Cowan gets the starting halfback jersey in what will be his 50th Test match.

In the forwards, Kieran Read returns to the starting XV for his first start in the Rugby World Cup after recovering from his ankle sprain; Andrew Hore has been named at hooker with Ali Williams at lock.

 All Blacks Coach Graham Henry said: "We are looking to improve each week during the Rugby World Cup, with an increase in intensity and execution, and we will be looking to do that again this week.  Having said that, the Canadians have shown in this Rugby World Cup just what they are capable of, including a good win over Tonga and the hard-fought draw against Japan, so we are expecting a passionate contest."

 As well as the 50-Test milestone for Cowan, Henry, Hansen and Smith will celebrate their 100th All Blacks Test together as a coaching trio.  Meanwhile, Daniel Carter will play his 85th Test, Tony Woodcock his 80th and Ali Williams his 70th.

 The All Blacks have played Canada four times, including twice at Rugby World Cup: in 1991 in the Quarterfinal and in 2003 in Pool Play.

Starting XV:

1.         Tony Woodcock (79)

2.         Andrew Hore (58)

3.         Owen Franks (26)

4.         Samuel Whitelock (21)

5.         Ali Williams (69)

6.         Jerome Kaino (44)

7.         Richie McCaw - captain (100)

8.         Kieran Read (32)

9.         Jimmy Cowan (49)

10.       Daniel Carter (84)

11.       Zac Guildford (7)

12.       Sonny Bill Williams (10)

13.       Conrad Smith (51)

14.       Israel Dagg (9)

15.       Mils Muliaina (99)


 16.       Keven Mealamu (88)

17.       Ben Franks (13)

18.       Brad Thorn (55)

19.      Anthony Boric (23)

20.       Piri Weepu (52)

21.       Colin Slade (8)

22.       Isaia Toeava (34)

 Number of Test caps in brackets





- Hawkes Bay Today

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