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Hundred Up For McCaw

Skipper to make his hundredth appearance against France

Posted Sep 23, 2011 by Chris White

Richie McCaw will bring up his 100th appearance against France

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.

McCaw, Dan Carter, Muliaina and Israel Dagg all suffered injuries in the preparations for the 83-7 thrashing of Japan but all four should be fit to play against the French.

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.

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