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Tanerau Dylan Latimer (born 6 May 1985 in Te Puke, New Zealand) is a New Zealand rugby union footballer who plays for the Chiefs in Super Rugby and the Bay of Plenty in the Air New Zealand...

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All Blacks pick new caps - French test in Dunedin

Super 14 blindside flanker Adam Thomson has persuaded the All Black selectors his skills are the best fit as understudy to openside Richie McCaw. The All Black team named yesterday for the opening test of the season against France in Dunedin has a number of notable firsts. Experienced fullback Mils Muliaina will take over the captaincy for the first time, Isaac Ross will debut at lock and there are potential breakthrough caps for Tanerau Latimer and Bryn Evans who are on the bench. Once the squad was announced without the injured McCaw, Rodney So'oialo, Anthony Boric, Sitiveni Sivivatu and Daniel Carter, then Richard Kahui was injured and it was revealed Ali Williams, Jerome Kaino, Brendon Leonard and Conrad Smith would not be ready this week, the selection became far more straightforward. There had been ideas, before the injuries, about playing the versatile Isaia Toeava on the wing but he has been shifted into his ninth test start at centre, while Tony Woodcock has persuaded the selectors he is fit enough to start after illness chopped into his season. Advertisement Advertisement Toeava has all the skills and deserves a chance somewhere after a superb Super 14 campaign and his versatility makes him "gold" for the selectors. The quicker-than-expected call for Luke McAlister's talents has him on the bench with the versatile Piri Weepu and Cory Jane. The greatest change has been in the loose forwards where the All Blacks have shed the massive experience of 141 caps shared <b>...</b>
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