All Blacks rest Dan Carter and Richie McCaw in Tri-Nations

Israel Dagg
Full-back Dagg has recently recovered from a long term leg injury

New Zealand have rested star names Dan Carter and Richie McCaw for Saturday's Tri-Nations game against South Africa.

Colin Slade replaces Carter at fly-half and Adam Thomson fills in for McCaw on the flank as coach Graham Henry gives players a shot at the World Cup squad.

Full-back Israel Dagg and utility back Isaia Toeava both start after leg injuries while prop John Afoa has recovered from a fractured eye socket.

Richard Kahui and Sonny Bill Williams form the centre partnership.

New Zealand: I Dagg; I Toeava, R Kahui, S B Williams, H Gear; C Slade, J Cowan; T Woodcock, K Mealamu (capt), J Afoa, S Whitelock, A Williams, J Kaino, A Thomson, L Messam.

L Messam, A Thomson, J Kaino, A Williams, S Whitelock, J Afoa, T Woodcock. Replacements: A Hore, B Franks, J Hoeata, V Vito, A Ellis, P Weepu, C Jane.

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