Mils Muliaina, Israel Dagg, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Zac Guildford, Dan Carter, Jimmy Cowan, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Jerome Kaino, Ali Williams, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Brad Thorn, Anthony Boric, Piri Weepu, Colin Slade, Isaia Toeava
There were suggestions yesterday that Richie McCaw was going to be rested, but the selectors have resisted the temptation, and the New Zealand first-pick loose trio will play together for the first time in RWC2011; the first of four matches that they will play together, all going well. It's a strong forward pack, and they should hold too much power for the plucky Canadians.
Andy Ellis is the unlucky half-back this week, with Jimmy Cowan to start, and Piri Weepu on the bench. It will be interesting to see if the Canadians can contain Sonny Bill Williams; if they can't, Zac Guilford and Israel Dagg might be in for a busy and productive afternoon.
We can't wait for Sunday; the Cake Tin is sold out, and it should be a wonderful occasion. Unless some kind benefactor sends us a ticket for a knock-out match, it will be our one and only experience of RWC2011. Even She Who Must Be Obeyed is looking forward to it; bring it on!