All Blacks to draw on vast experience
SKIPPER Richie McCaw is back from injury to lead one of the most experienced All Blacks teams in World Cup history into tomorrow morning's quarter-final clash with France at the Millennium Stadium.
McCaw has been recalled by coach Steve Hansen after being rested from the final group game with Tonga with a sore hip.
He will win his 146th cap and is part of a squad of 23 which boasts 1295 Test caps.
The squad also includes four men who have been named World Player of the Year in McCaw, Dan Carter, Brodie Retallick and Kieran Read as the Kiwis look to get one over bogey side France which beat the All Blacks at the 1999 and 2007 World Cups.
Hansen admited it was an experienced group but added: "The thing the old guys bring you is experience. You can't buy that.
"When you are under the pump, you need people in that group that can cope with it.
"They have been in places that some of the other guys haven't been.
"So when it gets a little iffy - which it does in every game - those guys are hugely important to you."
Julian Savea returns on the left wing in place of Waisake Naholo.
Nehe Milner-Skudder is on the opposite wing and fullback Ben Smith completes a potent back three.
Meanwhile, a French newspaper reported yesterday that France's players had staged a mutiny and effectively sacked coach Philippe Saint-Andre.
Les Bleus named Morgan Parra at scrumhalf while centre Mathieu Bastareaud was dropped from the starting line-up.
The third change from the team which lost 24-9 to Ireland in its final Pool D game is flanker Bernard Le Roux for Damien Chouly.