All Blacks set for club duties
June 27, 2008

Just under half the All Blacks squad will make rare appearances for their clubs tomorrow to stay in shape ahead of the Tri-Nations rugby opener against South Africa here next week.

The 11 players are those deemed to be in need of more rugby by All Blacks coach Graham Henry.

"These guys will benefit from a run with their club and hopefully the clubs get a boost from having them available," Henry said.

"We have other players who will be better off with a break. Most of the Crusaders, for example, have had a lot of rugby and will have a chance to freshen up."

North Harbour's Marist club will be the biggest beneficiaries with three current All Blacks expected play -- prop Tony Woodcock, lock Anthony Boric and winger Rudi Wulf.

All Blacks playing club rugby:

Rudi Wulf, Anthony Boric, Tony Woodcock (all Marist, North Harbour), John Afoa (University, Auckland), Stephen Donald (University, Waikato), Richard Kahui (Te Rapa, Waikato), Sione Lauaki (Waikato), Conrad Smith (University Old Boys, Wellington), Neemia Tialata (Petone, Wellington), Adam Thomson (University, Dunedin), Jimmy Cowan (Mataura, Southland)

All Blacks resting:

Anthony Tuitavake, Jerome Kaino, Keven Mealamu (Blues), Mils Muliaina, Sitiveni Sivivatu (Chiefs), Ma'a Nonu, Rodney So'oialo, Andrew Hore (Hurricanes) , Leon MacDonald, Daniel Carter, Andy Ellis, Brad Thorn, Greg Somerville, Ali Williams (Crusaders)

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