Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Ton up for Muliaina

Mils Muliaina

Mils Muliaina is set to win his 100th Test cap in New Zealand's Rugby World Cup quarter-final with Argentina on Sunday.

Head coach Graham Henry named a team showing six changes in personnel and one positional switch following the 79-15 win over Canada.

Ma'a Nonu and Corey Jane return to a back division which sees Sonny Bill Williams move to the wing and Piri Weepu take over at scrum-half, with Colin Slade continuing at fly-half following the tournament-ending injury to Dan Carter.

In the forwards, captain Richie McCaw returns at flanker despite an ongoing foot injury, Keven Mealamu at hooker and Brad Thorn at lock.

Muliaina retained his place and Williams was selected on the wing in part due to injuries to Zac Guildford (hamstring), Israel Dagg (thigh haematoma) and Richard Kahui (hamstring).

Muliaina, who made his All Blacks debut in 2003, has captained the team in three Tests in 2009 and has scored 34 Test tries, is set to become the second New Zealander to reach 100 caps, following McCaw to the milestone.

Henry said: "I want to congratulate Mils on this outstanding achievement. He is a special man and has been a world-class All Black for many years - the consummate professional really - as well as a very influential member of the All Blacks leadership group."

Aaron Cruden, who was called into the All Blacks to replace Carter, has been named on the bench.

Team: M Muliaina, C Jane, C Smith, M Nonu, SB Williams, C Slade, P Weepu; T Woodcock, K Mealamu, O Franks, S Whitelock, B Thorn, J Kaino, R McCaw (capt), K Read.

Replacements: A Hore, B Franks, A Williams, V Vito, J Cowan, A Cruden, I Toeava.

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