Three quick points about the All Blacks side to play Samoa on Wednesday... 1) The backline looks as though it was pulled out of a hat. The forwards have loads of experience and combinations to call on and will be too good for the Samoans but the backs will need to blow a few cobwebs away. There is the Crusaders' combo of Andy Ellis and Dan Carter to rely on in the halves, but the wings are utilities while Israel Dagg and Sonny Bill Williams have had interrupted seasons. And the bench includes two new test backs.
A season of relentless lows for George Moala has spiked to an unprecedented high with the Blues utility back named to win his first test cap against Samoa.