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Hundred Up For McCaw
Skipper to make his hundredth appearance against France
Posted Sep 23, 2011 by Chris White
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When Richie McCaw leads the New Zealand side out to play France on Saturday, he’ll do so as the first man to play for the All Blacks 100 times.
The 30-year old flanker made his debut back in 2001 against Ireland at Lansdowne Road and was made captain of the side in 2006. He just holds off the competition of Mils Muliaina to the honour of being the first to represent New Zealand one hundred times, but the fullback misses out on the chance of making his 99th appearance in the same game.
Meanwhile, France have named Morgan Parra at fly-half for the clash in Auckland as opposed to his normal position at scrum-half, which goes to Dimitri Yachvili. Captain Thierry Dusautoir comes back in at flanker while Lionel Nallet returns at lock.
In total, the French have made five changes to the team that beat Canada 46-19, but it is the positional change for Parra that is the most significant.
New Zealand team: 15 Dagg, 14 Jane, 13 Smith, 12 Nonu, 11 Kahui, 10 Carter, 9 Weepu; 1 Woodcock, 2 Mealamu, 3 O Franks, 4 Thorn, 5 Whitelock, 6 Kaino, 7 McCaw (c), 8 Thomson. Replacements: Hore, B Franks, A Williams, Boric, Ellis, Slade, SB Williams.
France team: 15 Traille, 14 Clerc, 13 Rougerie, 12 Mermoz, 11 Medard, 10 Parra, 9 Yachvili; 1 Poux, 2 Szarzewski, 3 Ducalcon, 4 Pape, 5 Nallet, 6 Dusautoir (c), 7 Bonnaire, 8 Picamoles. Replacements: Servat, Barcella, Pierre, Harinordoquy, Trinh-Duc, Estebanez, Heymans.