New Zealand captain Richie McCaw returns to face Wales

Last Updated: 22/11/12 12:32pm

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Richie McCaw: Back to lead New Zealand

Richie McCaw: Back to lead New Zealand

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has recalled his star names for Saturday's clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Hansen has made nine changes in total following the 42-10 win over Italy, with captain Richie McCaw among those returning after a week's rest.

Israel Dagg, Cory Jane and Dan Carter are restored to the back division, with Beauden Barrett and Hosea Gear dropping out of the squad and Aaron Cruden named on the bench.

Joining McCaw in the pack will be Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks and Andrew Hore.

"We have always known this game will be a fiercely-contested match," said Hansen.

"We have known since the World Cup that this would be the game that they would be targeting in this series, so any recent performances or results won't have any bearing on this match.

"We are all excited by what comes with this challenge, along with the fact that we will be playing in one of the world's greatest rugby stadiums."

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ben Smith.

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