The Scotland and All Blacks rugby teams have been named for the match at Murrayfield, Edinburgh on Saturday 13 November.
All Blacks team
Mils Muliaina, Isaia Toeava, Conrad Smith, Sonny-Bill Williams, Hosea Gear, Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Hika Elliot/Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Andrew Hore, John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Daniel Braid, Andy Ellis, Stephen Donald, Ma’a Nonu.
Hugo Southwell, Rory Lamont, Max Evans, Graeme Morrison, Sean Lamont, Dan Parks, Mike Blair, Richie Vernon, John Barclay, Kelly Brown, Jim Hamilton, Richie Gray, Euan Murray, Ross Ford, Allan Jacobsen. Reserves: Scott Lawson, Alasdair Dickinson, Nathan Hines, Ross Rennie, Rory Lawson, Ruaridh Jackson, Nikki Walker.
The Scotland team has five changes from the team that last took the field to complete a 2-0 clean sweep over Argentina at home, including experienced half back Mike Blair returning to captain the team. The Scots will be looking to get their first ever test win over the All Blacks, and will have some confidence having recorded the series win in Argentina and a win over the Wallabies last year.
For the All Blacks, Isaia Toeava, Liam Messam and Hika Elliot make the starting team after being on the bench for the All Blacks hard fought victory over the England team last week. Hika Elliot has been bracketed with Kevin Mealamu, who has appealed the four week ban he received for headbutting English captain Lewis Moody in the England game. Should Hika Elliot take the field it will be his first test cap. He has been waiting since 2008, having toured with the All Blacks but only managed to play a non-international against Munster.
Sonny Bill Williams has moved from centre to second-five, and partners Conrad Smith in the centres this week, with Ma’a Nonu moving to the bench.
By the far the biggest landmark for this match is the 92nd test cap for long time team mates Mils Muliaina and Richie McCaw. They will match the record set by All Black legend Sean Fitzpatrick back in 1997. During his illustrious career Fitzpatrick played 92 tests, 51 as captain, won 72 tests, lost 16 and drew 2. Muliana and McCaw have already amassed better statistics, with 76 and 81 victories respectively. Earlier this year McCaw passed Fitzpatrick’s record for most caps and most wins as captain. As a sign of the change in times, Sean Fitzpatrick also played 36 non-test games for the All Blacks but McCaw and Muliaina have only played 1 and 2 respectively.