Fifteen changes to All Blacks team to play Ireland

New Zealand coach Graham Henry has named an entirely different starting XV for Saturday’s clash with Ireland from the side that beat Wales last weekend.

New Zealand coach Graham Henry has named an entirely different starting XV for Saturday’s clash with Ireland from the side that beat Wales last weekend.

Captain Tana Umaga, one of the two players involved in the spear tackle that ended Brian O’Driscoll’s Lions tour in the summer, has been left out of the squad.

However, hooker Keven Mealamu – the other player involved in the incident - has been included in the side.

Prop John Afoa and lock Chris Eaton will make their Test debuts at Lansdowne Road, as the All Blacks continue their quest for a Grand Slam tour.

New Zealand: L McDonald; D Howlett, M Muliaina, A Mauger, S Sivivatu; N Evans, P Weepu; M Tuiali'i, R McCaw (capt), S Lauaki, A Williams, J Eaton, J Afoa, K Mealamu, T Woodcock.

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