England make six changes for All Blacks test
England have made six changes ahead of Saturday's second test against the All Blacks in Christchurch. The changes come in the wake of the All Blacks convincing 37-20 win last week which underlined England's defensive frailties.
The sale half-back pairing of Charlie Hodgson and Richard Wigglesworth have been replaced by Toby Flood and Danny Care in a new look back line. Jamie Noon and Mike Tindall are paired up in the centre and will have the task of stopping the in form Ma'a Nonu. Matthew Tait starts at fullback while Tom Varndell comes in on the wing for David Strettle.
New Zealand have made four changes and will give first caps to centre Richard Kahui and winger Rudi Wulf. All Blacks' coach Graham Henry has also dismissed comments from England caretaker manager Rob Andrew about New Zealand captain Richie McCaw. Andrew said that McCaw spends most games in an offside position. England will be hoping that Andrew's words aren't used to inspire the All Blacks to put them to the sword on Saturday.
New Zealand: MacDonald (Canterbury); Sivivatu (Waikato), Kahui (Waikato), Nonu (Wellington), Wulf (North Harbour); Carter (Canterbury), Ellis (Canterbury); Tialata (Wellington), Hore (Taranaki), Somerville (Canterbury), Thorn (Tasman), Williams (Tasman), Thomson (Otago), McCaw (Canterbury, capt), So'oialo (Wellington). Replacements: Mealamu (Auckland), Woodcock (North Harbour), Boric (North Harbour), Lauaki (Waikato), Cowan (Southland), Donald (Canterbury), Muliaina (Waikato).
England: Tait (Newcastle); Ojo (London Irish), Tindall (Gloucester), Noon (Newcastle), Varndell (Leicester); Flood (Newcastle), Care (Harlequins); Payne (Wasps), Mears (Bath), Stevens (Bath), Palmer (London Wasps), Borthwick (Bath, capt), Haskell (London Wasps), Rees (London (Wasps), Luke Narraway (Gloucester). Replacements: Paice (London Irish), Hobson (Bristol), Kay (Leicester), Worsley (London Wasps), Richards (London Irish), Barkley (Bath), Strettle (Harlequins).