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Title-Chasing All Blacks Recall Weepu for Cowan in Tri-Nations

New Zealand made one change to its starting lineup for the Aug. 7 Tri-Nations rugby Test against Australia in Christchurch, recalling Piri Weepu at scrum-half for the injured Jimmy Cowan.

Alby Mathewson was named as Weepu’s backup on the bench, while Benson Stanley replaced Israel Dagg as backline cover in the other changes to the 22-man squad on duty for the All Blacks’ 49-28 win in Melbourne three days ago.

Another victory at AMI Stadium in Christchurch would extend New Zealand’s winning streak to nine in a rivalry stretching back to 1903, matching the record set between 1936 and 1947.

The All Blacks can clinch their 10th Tri-Nations title and the Bledisloe Cup by securing the maximum five points for a victory and preventing the Wallabies from getting a bonus point.

NEW ZEALAND: Mils Muliaina, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Joe Rokocoko, Dan Carter, Piri Weepu, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Jerome Kaino, Tom Donnelly, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock.

Reserves: Corey Flynn, Ben Franks, Sam Whitelock, Victor Vito, Alby Mathewson, Aaron Cruden, Benson Stanley.

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