Men in Black vs. Convicts 3N Decider
The Tri-Nations championship decider goes late tonight (early morning ET) in Brisbane. The Wallabies, coming off the shock 53-8 slaughter at the hands of the wooden-spoon-holding Springboks, host the All Blacks at one of New Zealand's happier hunting grounds in Australia. The All Blacks are back to full-strength after their 101-14 mid-week pulverisation of Samoa last week. Should be a cracker, with all sorts of interesting sub-plots, from All Black lock Brad Thorn playing against his adopted nation in front of his home crowd (!), and his ex-Crusader coach Robbie Deans trying to claim the prize away from his home-nation Kiwis (!!).
AUSTRALIA: 1. Benn Robinson, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Al Baxter, 4. James Horwill, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 6. Rocky Elsom, 7. George Smith, 8. Wycliff Palu, 9. Sam Cordingley, 10. Matt Giteau, 11. Lote Tuqiri, 12. Stirling Mortlock (captain), 13. Ryan Cross, 14. Peter Hynes, 15. Adam Ashley-Cooper. Reserves: 16. Adam Freier, 17. Matt Dunning, 18. Hugh McMeniman, 19. Phil Waugh, 20. Richard Brown, 21. Brett Sheehan, 22. Drew Mitchell.
NEW ZEALAND: 1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Andrew Hore, 3. Greg Somerville, 4. Brad Thorn, 5. Ali Williams, 6. Jerome Kaino, 7. Richie McCaw (captain), 8. Rodney So'oialo, 9. Jimmy Cowan, 10. Dan Carter, 11. Sitiveni Sivivatu, 12. Ma'a Nonu, 13. Conrad Smith, 14. Richard Kahui, 15. Mils Muliaina. Reserves: 16. Keven Mealamu, 17. John Afoa/ Neemia Tialata, 18. Anthony Boric, 19. Adam Thomson, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Stephen Donald, 22. Isaia Toeava.
Date: Saturday, September 13
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 20:00 (10:00 GMT)
Weather: Warm and clear, 17 C.
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Touch judges: Craig Joubert, Mark Lawrence
TMO: Johann Meuwesen