12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
Coach John Mitchell has opted to rest several members of this year's Tri-Nations-winning squad, mainly from Canterbury whil;e those not available through in jury include, Cantabrians Greg Feek, Corey Flynn, Mark Hammett, Dave Hewett, Chris Jack, Leon MacDonald, Justin Marshall, Aaron Mauger, Norm Maxwell, Richard McCaw, Caleb Ralph, Scott Robertson, Greg Somerville and Reuben Thorne as well as Otago's Tony Brown, Byron Kelleher, Simon Maling, Tom Willis and Anton Oliver, Wellington's Jerry Collins and Auckland's Ron Cribb. In all there are 16 changes from the 26-man squad Mitchell named in May for the early-season tests against Italy, Ireland and Fiji, followed by the Tri-Nations clashes against Australia and South Africa.
New Zealand Backs: Christian Cullen, Ben Blair, Doug Howlett, Jonah Lomu, Tana Umaga (vice-captain), Mark Robinson, Regan King, Keith Lowen, Carlos Spencer, Andrew Mehrtens, Steve Devine, Danny Lee. Forwards: Taine Randell (captain), Rodney So'oialo, Marty Holah, Daniel Braid, Sam Broomhall, Bradley Mika, Keith Robinson, Ali Williams, Kees Meeuws, Carl Hayman, Joe McDonnell, Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Andrew Hore.