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Sonny Bill Williams takes Ma'a Nonu's New Zealand place

Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 27 November Kick-off: 1715 GMT Coverage: Watch on BBC TWO and the BBC Sport website; listen on BBC Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and Radio 5 Live; report and reaction on BBC Sport website and mobiles

Sonny Bill Williams (right) and Ma'a Nonu
Williams has broken into Nonu's partnership with Conrad Smith

Sonny Bill Williams has won the centre spot ahead of Ma'a Nonu as New Zealand make six changes before facing Wales.

Keven Mealamu returns from a two-week ban with Brad Thorn back from a hamstring injury for his 50th cap, partnering second-row Sam Whitelock.

Jimmy Cowan gets the nod at scrum-half ahead of Andy Ellis, with Isaia Toeava taking Cory Jane's right-wing berth.

Fly-half Dan Carter, who needs three points to break Jonny Wilkinson's world record of 1,178 Test points, starts.

The 28-year-old missed Tuesday's training with an ankle twinge, but the grand slam-chasing All Blacks camp said that was a purely precautionary measure.

Carter has no weakness - Jenkins

Daniel Braid comes onto the bench alongside Andrew Hore, who will win his 50th cap on Saturday if he comes onto the pitch in Cardiff.

A minute's silence will be held before kick-off at the Millennium Stadium, with the All Blacks wearing white armbands on their black match shirts as a mark of respect to the 29 miners who lost their lives in the Pike River colliery tragedy on the west coast of New Zealand.

"We share in the mourning of the whole country and in our own small way wanted to also pay our respects to the miners," said New Zealand captain Richie McCaw.

1978: Beat Ire 10-6, Wales 13-12, Eng 16-6, Scot 18-9
2005: Beat Wal 41-3, Ire 45-7, Eng 23-19, Scot 29-10
2008: Beat Scot 32-6, Ire 22-3, Wal 29-9, Eng 32-6

After waiting 73 years for their first grand slam over the home nations, following their first visit to UK shores in 1905, the All Blacks are poised for a third clean sweep in six years, and fourth in all.

"The team wants to finish the tour on a high with a good performance against Wales and the chance to create their own piece of history with a grand slam," said All Blacks coach Graham Henry.

"But they also know that they will face a passionate, physical Welsh team playing in front of a sold-out Millennium Stadium, so are under no illusions about the massive job ahead."

Wales have only beaten New Zealand three times in 16 Tests in Cardiff, but the All Blacks have won on their last 12 visits since 1963.

2009: Wales 12-19 NZ
2008: Wales 9-29 NZ
2006: Wales 10-45 NZ
2005: Wales 3-41 NZ
2004: Wales 25-26 NZ

New Zealand have only ever lost seven of their 69 Tests against the four home nations in Britain and Ireland - three times to Wales and four out of 21 against England. They have never lost on 15 visits to play Ireland or 17 to play Scotland.

New Zealand: M Muliaina (Chiefs); I Toeava (Blues), C Smith (Hurricanes), SB Williams (Crusaders), H Gear (Hurricanes); D Carter (Crusaders), J Cowan (Highlanders); T Woodcock (Blues), K Mealamu (Blues), O Franks (Crusaders), B Thorn (Crusaders), S Whitelock (Crusaders), J Kaino (Blues), R McCaw (Crusaders, captain), K Read (Crusaders).
Replacements: A Hore (Hurricanes), J Afoa (Blues), A Boric (Blues), D Braid (Queensland Reds), A Ellis (Crusaders), S Donald (Chiefs), M Nonu (Hurricanes).

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