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Two new caps named in All Blacks side

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  • The All Blacks have made four changes to their starting side to play England
  • There are two new caps in the side, wing Rudi Wolf and center Richard Kahui
  • Meanwhile, England have made wholesale changes to their back division
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(CNN) -- The All Blacks have made four changes to their starting side to play England in the second rugby Test in Christchurch on Saturday.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry has made four changes to his die to face England next Saturday.

There are two new caps in the line-up, with Rudi Wolf being picked on the left wing and Richard Kahui at outside center.

Leon MacDonald takes over from Mils Muliaina at fullback and Adam Thomson, who made his debut as a reserve against Ireland earlier in the month, is at blindside flanker in the team named on Tuesday.

Coach Graham Henry said the team selection was an attempt to balance the requirements of winning again after the 37-20 first Test victory against England, and deepening the pool of players with Test experience.

"Our first goal is to win," Henry said. "We also need to give some of our new players a chance to experience Test level rugby and handle that situation. The challenge we've set for this weekend is to do both of these things at the same time, and we have faith in the players that they can do it."

Henry's policy of rotating players in and out of the Test side was one of his most controversial policies leading up to last year's failed World Cup campaign.

But he defended it on Tuesday, arguing the changes were an investment. "To keep winning, we need more than 15 players. We have a long, tough Tri-Nations campaign right around the corner," he said.

Kahui takes the place of Conrad Smith, who performed strongly in the victories against Ireland and the first Test against England. Wulf is on the left wing, with Sitiveni Sivivatu swapping to the right side, forcing Anthony Tuitavake out of the team.

Thomson's inclusion allows Rodney So'oialo to take his usual position at number eight, which was filled by Jerome Kaino for the last two Tests.

Prop John Afoa and halfback Brendon Leonard remain on the injury list and were not considered.

Meanwhile, England have made wholesale changes to their back division with winger Topsy Ojo, who scored twice on his debut in last weekend's 37-20 defeat, and center Mike Tindall the only survivors.

Danny Care will make his first Test start at scrumhalf after a lively introduction off the bench in Auckland with Toby Flood at flyhalf and Jamie Noon replacing Olly Barkley to provide more strength in the centers.

Mathew Tait gets his chance at fullback with Tom Varndell returning to an England jersey for the first time in two years on the other wing.

While England chief Rob Andrew has made five changes in the backs, there is only one enforced change in the pack with Wasps loose-head prop Tim Payne replacing Andrew Sheridan, who was ruled out on Monday with a nasty cut to his eye.

Tom Palmer and captain Steve Borthwick continue in the second row after an impressive line-out performance while the dynamic back row unit of Tom Rees, James Haskell and Luke Narraway, which caused the All Blacks significant trouble, also remains unchanged.

With Payne promoted into the starting XV, Bristol's uncapped prop Jason Hobson is named among the replacements along with Barkley and David Strettle, who both drop to the bench after starting last weekend.

All Blacks: Leon MacDonald, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Richard Kahui, Ma'a Nonu, Rudi Wulf, Daniel Carter, Andy Ellis, Rodney So'oialo, Richie McCaw (captain), Adam Thomson, Ali Williams, Brad Thorn, Greg Somerville, Andrew Hore, Neemia Tialata.

England: Mathew Tait, Topsy Ojo, Mike Tindall, Jamie Noon, Tom Varndell, Toby Flood, Danny Care, Tim Payne, Lee Mears, Matt Stevens, Tom Palmer, Steve Borthwick, James Haskell, Tom Rees, Luke Narraway.

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