Richie McCaw back to lead New Zealand into Championship decider against South Africa
Last Updated: October 3, 2013 7:58pm
Richie McCaw: Back from knee injury
Richie McCaw will captain New Zealand in Saturday's Rugby Championship decider against South Africa.
The All Blacks' star flanker has made a quicker-than-expected recovery from a knee injury and is included in one of two changes to the side which won in Argentina last weekend.
The other sees prop Charlie Faumuina come in for Owen Franks, who suffered a groin injury in La Plata.
Sam Cane drops to the bench to accommodate McCaw, while Dan Coles takes Faumuina's spot among the replacements.
New Zealand will retain their title unless South Africa score four tries on their way to victory by more than seven points in Johannesburg, and coach Steve Hansen is ready for a change of style from the hosts.
He said: "Playing the Springboks at Ellis Park is a challenge that this team is really looking forward to and one we are very excited about.
"We know the South Africans will come at us with their physical game but to win the Championship they will have to do that by scoring four tries so we are expecting more ball movement than we have seen in the past.
"So the answer is pretty simple for us - we will have to match their physicality and be very accurate with our execution across the park, both on attack and defensively."
New Zealand: 15 I Dagg 14 B Smith 13 C Smith 12 M Nonu 11 J Savea 10 A Cruden 9 A Smith 8 K Read 7 R McCaw (c) 6 L Messam 5 S Whitelock 4 B Retallick 3 C Faumuina 2 A Hore 1 T Woodcock
Replacements: 16 D Coles 17 W Crockett 18 B Franks 19 S Luatua 20 S Cane 21 T Kerr-Barlow 22 B Barrett 23 C Piutau.
South Africa v New Zealand will be live on Sky Sports 4 HD, with coverage beginning at 3pm on Saturday.