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All Blacks refresh tight five for Springboks

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James Mortimer     13 Sep 2012     Getty Images

Hore’s inclusion for Mealamu, with both bringing test class but varying attributes to the role, comes after a long season for the Blues captain, with an injury interrupted Super Rugby campaign, while he has been the starting rake for the World Champions so far.

Some might feel that the All Blacks lose a little mobility without Mealamu, but Hore’s work in the tight and scrum, as well as his ability to sniff a try close to the deck, means the hosts this weekend lose nothing in the front row.

"We've got two quality hookers,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

“Either one could have started, but Kevvy has carried a lot of the workload so it's time for Horey to step up and do that.

Whitelock will start after being relegated to the bench against Argentina, and this came after Hansen said the Brodie Retallick was in better form than the Crusaders lock.

Hansen felt that Whitelock had earned his chance.

"Last week we said that Retallick was playing better than Whitelock,” he said.

“He's responded particularly well to the performance message and came out and played well.

Hansen felt that Whitelock’s response allowed a chance for the Chiefs second rower to rest.

“That's allowed us to look after Brodie,” he said.

“He's a young player who doesn't necessarily have to start every test at this stage of his career."