Cullen recalled to All Black squad


Fullback Christian Cullen has been recalled to the New Zealand squad for Saturday's decisive Tri-Nations clash against Australia in Sydney.

The win took the All Blacks to the top of the standings - one point ahead of Australia - to set up a winner-takes-all clash before a sellout 91,000 crowd at Stadium Australia.

Cullen has been absent from the All Black team this year following a knee operation at the end of his Super 12 competition in April.

He successfully completed a second comeback game for his province Wellington on Sunday in the presence of the watching All Black selectors.

The All Black squad flies to Australia on Monday.


Backs: Leon MacDonald, Christian Cullen, Jonah Lomu, Jeff Wilson, Doug Howlett, Tana Umaga, Pita Alatini, Andrew Mehrtens, Tony Brown, Justin Marshall, Byron Kelleher.

Forwards: Ron Cribb, Taine Randell, Marty Holah, Reuben Thorne, Troy Flavell, Chris Jack, Norm Maxwell, Mark Cooksley, Carl Hayman, Carl Hoeft, Greg Somerville, Anton Oliver (captain), Mark Hammett.