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Rugby: New look All Blacks side to face Japan

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Latest Rugby News | Thursday October 31 2013 5:57

Rugby: New look All Blacks side to face Japan

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Updated 7:18am - It's a new look All Blacks side named to face Japan in Tokyo.

Wyatt Crockett, Dane Coles and Ben Franks form the front row with Jeremy Thrush and debutant Dominic Bird to lock the scrum.

Captain Richie McCaw starts at number eight, with Steven Luatua and Sam Cane on the flanks.

Waikato halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow gets his first test start with Daniel Carter, Frances Saili and Ben Smith outside him, Frank Halai debuts on the left wing with Charles Piutau and Beauden Barrett completing the starting fifteen.

Jeff Toomaga-Allen and Luke Whitelock should make test match debuts off the bench, while the rest of the reserves are Andrew Hore, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Aaron Smith, Tom Taylor and Ryan Crotty.

Of the 27-man tour party, four players have missed out on the match day 23 – they area Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, TJ Perenara and Ma’a Nonu.

Three senior All Blacks will guide the largely inexperienced side and the numbers tell the story.

Richie McCaw’s 121 tests is 36 more than the rest of the forward pack combined.

Daniel Carter’s 97 caps is 43 more the other six members of the backline altogether.

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