Roeshdien Jaz launches new Summer Single ‘Inside ‘n Out’ -Sun 15th Dec

Roeshdien Jaz, known in the industry as ‘Mr Jaz’ released his first radio single ‘Feel for Life’ in 2010. It featured well known Cape Town Emcee Jean-Pierre from the multi-genre urban fusion band Supadan and currently Black Noise. The single was well-received across local radio stations and spent 13 weeks on the Heart 104.9 fm SA Top 10 charts, 3 weeks at number one. It then entered the International Top 30 charts with Paul Playdon on the same radio station.

It all started with his first stage performance as an Italian gangster, alongside the likes of Jody Abrahams, Alistair Izobel and Emo Adams, in the theatre production ‘Bugsy Malone’ at the tender age of 10. It was directed by the much respected Farouk Valley Omar, better known for his work in theatre production, District 6.

In 1994, Roeshdien debuted in the biblical movie ‘Out of Jerusalem’ with famous American actor James Brolin (Hotel). He also performed at The Grahamstown Festival with Nazley George and the ‘Creative School Of Speech & Drama’ and attended a local community music school called ‘Prompt’, with classmates who included SAMA Award winning Claire Phillips, and Ferdi-Ferd. Later that same year, he started a hip hop/RNB band Kwaai2 and released a single, on GHFM, called, ‘Get to know you’, produced by Grenville Williams.

In 2004, Roeshdien managed a multi-genre, urban fusion band, Supadan. “I have always been extremely passionate about the development of people and using music as a medium for social change and a source of upliftment an inspiration…” says the multi-talented singer/songwriter, inspirational speaker and personal life-coach. He is also a personal financial planner, helping people financially plan for their future.

His brand new single ‘Inside ‘n Out’ is a catchy feel-good tune, one that is destined to become one of the Summer 2014 hits. Written and produced by Clive Ridgway. It is due for release on December 15.

‘It’s a quirky, happy love song, about being in love and how your entire world gets swung ‘upside down’ and ‘inside out’, said Roeshdien. ‘The sky is blue-er, roses are redder, you are walking on air, you can’t stop smiling. And the desire to want to share this overwhelming emotion that truly magnifies the human experience of being in love, is irresistible’

Clive Ridgway, who has written music for many of South Africa’s artists including Jonathan Butler, Dr Victor, Kurt Darren, Juanita du Plessis, Clive Bruce, Judith Sephuma, Rocking Horse, was thrilled with the end result of Inside n Out said he loved working with this young man!

‘Inside ‘n Out’ is a simple, joyful love song. I thought it would be a great track for Roeshdien as it has a ‘groovy’ beat and melody to show off his unique vocal phrasing, and playful words to show off his sense of fun. said Ridgway ‘His musicality, mindfulness and generosity made this project a light and joyful one. Thank you, Roeshdien’

The official launch of ‘Inside n Out’ will take place on at 6pm (18h00) on Sunday December 15 at Nassau Centre (Palmyra Road, Newlands). Pre-sold tickets are R100. Call (082)7821397 or (083) 3311133

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South Africans throw weight behind Mali’s exiled Festival au Desert as the Caravan for Peace comes down South

A broad spectrum of South Africans are throwing their weight behind Mali’s exiled Festival au Desert – and are calling for ordinary folk to urgently support activities around this unique African cultural festival.

The expression of solidarity comes ahead of the upcoming residency hosted by Emthonjeni Arts under the auspices of the Africans for Africa network. This North-South collaboration of Mali’s Festival au Desert and the AFA network was announced and launched at WOMEX in Cardiff recently and is the forerunner of collaborations that will celebrate Africa’s diverse musical offerings.

The upcoming collaboration will consist of a melting pot of arts engagements, opening of new markets, collaborations and dialogues. It takes place over a two-week long residency programme at the Emthonjeni Arts centre in Hamburg, South Africa from 3 – 16 December, 2013. For the first time a delegation of leading musicians from Mali will be in South Africa for the residency. The musicians include Cheick Siriman Sissoko, Ahmed Ag Kaedi (the founder of Tuareg guitar band Amanar); Djibril Djiré; Issa Samake; Zoumana Tereta and Maria dite Sayon Sidibé.

As part of the build-up to the residency in Hamburg, The Africans for Africa network made if artists, cultural workers, media, thought leaders and other supporters will host a welcome African Peace Concert in Johannesburg on December 3rd.

The concert is being held as a celebration to share with South Africans the music from the North of Mali and to create awareness and raise much needed funds for the visit by the Malians musicians and to support the logistics of the AFA network. The Peace concert also presents the opportunity for the public to witness some of the live performances that will take place during the Emthonjeni Arts residency.

“This project has been driven by the passion of the Africans for Africa Network, while we urgently need to raise funds the concert is FREE and opened to everyone on December 3rdto ensure we share Africa’s cultural heritage and the African Narrative seldom told in African media,” says cultural activist Vanessa Perumal

“if you are unable to join the Africa Peace Concert come, you can still donate funds so that this amazing initiative that both supports the Festival au Desert’s global call to action through the Caravan of Peace and the first-ever extensive collaboration between artists from across the continent and South Africa is sustained,” says Perumal.

Supporters of the welcome Africa Peace Concert include charismatic hip hop arts motswako artist from Mafikeng Mrejo who s throwing his weight behind the Africa Peace Concert together with other SA artists Nomisupasta and other headliners who will be invited session with the Mali artists bringing the sounds of the Desert and nomadic people to South Africa. “It is a very beautiful idea first of all for African artists to come together young and old as one voice. A voice that the world may start to listen to issues that we really experience on a daily basis as Africans.” says Mrejo.

Zen a multi-purpose entertainment space that is a construct of vintage, trendy and chilled vibes situated in Maboneng precinct east of Jozi has offered the trendy space to welcome the FestivalauDesert to Southern Africa. We are honoured to offer our venue Zen a space where all the senses meet for such a noble human rights intervention” says Zen’s spokesperson Lebo Gabela.

The Africa Peace concert will take place on 3 December 2013 at 20h00 and also feature a photographic exhibition Dissonance: Scenes and Portraits from Gao by freelancejournalist and photographer Salym Fayad who spent time in Goa northern Mali where Music was banned Salym Fayad, journalist and photographer;

The residency and the welcome African Peace Concert is part of the recently formedAfricans for Africa Networkwhich aims to engage in a series of dialogues, set up exchanges between artists on the continent, create new markets for Africa’s cultural content and products and take ownership of the space in which Africa’s voice is expressed through music and culture in international arenas.

The Hamburg, Eastern Cape-based Emthonjeni Arts aligned itself with the Africans for Africa Network to lend support to changing the prevailing narrative of Africa from one driven by Western media, to one that reflects the inherent strengths of the continent across a variety of different, Afro-centred platforms.

“Emthonjeni Arts has joined the Africans forAfrica Network because we believe we are a representation of the positivity this continent has to offer”, says Nomsa Mazwai, Director of Emthonjeni Arts.

The Africans for Africa network articulates what we hope will become the African narrative: one that celebrates our many talents and achievements as Africans. As a project of the Eastern Cape, in the Amathole district Emthonjeni Arts is thrilled to be kicking off the Africans for Africa programme with a residency at our facility in the Eastern Cape”, she says.

“It is in celebration of Africa that we are hosting this collaboration of Mali and South Africa, in particular the Xhosa people of the Eastern Cape. Africans will come together to create magic! Because Africa is magical”, says Mazwai.

The residency will include cross-cultural dialogues, creations and collaborations between Mali artists and traditional Xhosa. The programme, spearheaded by young people will include contributions from artists and cultural leaders and thinkers from the South African creative landscape.

“Emthonjeni Arts is a sterling example of an African solution for the economic challenges of the rural poor of South Africa,” concludes Mazwai. “We look forward to hosting this prestigious residency on an annual basis, as we see it will give hope to young Africans that no matter where you come from – anything is possible in Africa.”

Musicians wishing to join the network and perform during the African Peace Concert (while bearing in mind this is a benefit concert) can contact janneke strijdonk-xulujannekes or 082-965 99 65

For further information on Emthonjeni Arts and the residency visit the website “http://www.emthonjeniarts.orgwww.emthonjeniarts.org and Face Book. Bookings can be done online or by calling 040 678 1011. Follow Emthonjeni on Twitter @emthonjeniarts for constant updates.

Besides the partnership with Emthonjeni Arts and Mali’s renowned Festival au Desert – Africans for Africa has partnerships with numerous other African networks: which includes: Webjunkies, a division of 4sa Technologies, IMEXSA, iStart2, SA Women Engineers, Howiviewafrica, Woldegiorgis Ghebrehiwot from Mekelle University, Tigray, Ethiopia;; Africa The Good News, Gcinamasiko Arts & Heritage Trust – Nozincwadi (Dr Gcina Mhlope) and Harem Clothing, JT Communication Solutions and the JT Comms African Media Resource Centre of Excellence.

Among the entities Emthonjeni is collaborating with is the Steve Biko Foundation (SBF), a community development organization that focuses extensively on arts, culture and identity. Of the collaboration, SBF’s Director of International Partnerships Ms. Obenewa Amponsah notes, “We are delighted to work with Emthonjeni in this initiative. We believe forums of this nature provide an important platform for Africans to dialogue about the challenges of our past and present while creating a shared vision for the future. This Pan-African exchange is particularly timely as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity this year.

Three events will be open to the public:

9 December – ‘Activism through Music’ – at the Steve Biko Centre in King Williams Town, a community dialogue. 17:30 for 18:00. Entrance to the dialogue and the museum is free.

13 December – A Festival of Ideas – the public is invited to engage, celebrate and share ideas. A youth dialogue will take place where young leaders and emerging artists will meet to discuss the African Narrative and what it means to them. This dialogue will be podcast to different regions. Exhibitors and visitors may secure a space by visiting quicket.co.za and searching for ‘Festival of Ideas’. All spaces to exhibit are free and so is attendance.

14 December – Celebrate Africa – in solidarity with the Festival au Desert on their return to Timbuktu, a re-enactment of the festival will be performed at Emthonjeni from noon to 6pm. Hospitality tickets are R500 and garden picnic tickets are free. There is also a package for R1 000 which includes the hospitality and a night’s stay at the Emthonjeni Arts.

For media enquiries and an announcement of a press conference please contact Dee’s on media or 011-788-7631.

THE AFRICA PEACE CONCERT takes place at Zen in Maboneng Precinct – 293 Fox Street – this is a free concert opened to all

Issued by JT Communication Solutions on behalf of “AfricansforAfrica network” www.africansforafrica.co.za

District Six to Hollywood

November 25 2013 at 11:04am by Terri Dunbar-Curran

From http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/district-six-to-hollywood-1.1611771#.UpNQIxbrbzJ


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MATES: Hollywood film composer Trevor Jones poses with Oscar.

AS A young boy from District Six playing truant from school, Trevor Jones spent a lot of time in the cinema. Decades later, he suspects that those hours spent in the company of an alcoholic projectionist with a habit of dozing off on the job, led to his fulfilling career as a Hollywood film composer.

Inevitably the projectionist would allow the rods to burn down and the image on screen would fade, and so Jones developed an understanding of the relationship between the image and sound. “Film needs sound to give it that realism, and make it palatable,” he says, adding that music is a direct emotional line to the audience and that it helps to bring out the meaning in films.

His days of playing truant soon passed and Jones won a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy of Music in London where he studied composition, orchestration, conducting, piano and organ. From there he went on to work at the BBC as a classical music reviewer. He also became the first composer to attend the National Film School in England.

Together with Music Exchange he will share stories from his rich career during a master class at the South African College of Music at UCT today and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm.

Jones has composed scores for films like Labyrinth, Brassed Off, The Last of the Mohicans, Cliffhanger,Notting Hill, From Hell and Around the World in 80 Days. His career has seen him work with directors Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Sir Ridley Scott, as well as performers David Bowie, U2, Sting, Britney Spears and Elvis Costello.

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A CHORD: Trevor Jones composed the music for Brassed Off. He sees a score as a way of connecting with the audience and deepening emotion.

But he has never forgotten his beginnings and how as a teenager he left behind the world he knew to go in search of Hollywood. “I was a Kaapse skollie,” he laughs. “I only discovered consommé on the boat.” With little more than the clothes he was wearing, his adventure in England began. “The only way forwards was upwards,” he recalls.

“I wanted to be a film composer, and for a kid from District Six that was like wanting to be an astronaut. In hindsight it really was like aiming for the moon, but people did get to the moon – and I did get to Hollywood!”

At this point in his life he is focusing on giving back. He firmly believes that if it wasn’t for the opportunities he was given he could still be sitting on Chapel Street. “I’m not digging roads, building structures, or finding a cure for cancer. I’m in the entertainment world and that for me is such a privilege,” he says. “I’ve been so fortunate. I do feel I’ve had a very charmed life.” But he stresses that often it’s hard work that breeds success and that’s the message he hopes to pass on to the younger generation. “Yes, I’ve been lucky, but I did work extremely hard. What you put in you get out – investing in the bank of life.”

That desire to pass on what he’s learnt is one of the reasons he’s so excited by Music Exchange which brings together music industry figures to share their experiences and encourage others. This week’s master class gives him an opportunity to extend that dialogue.

Rather than spending the time “pontificating about the essence of film music”, how to write a score and elaborating on his own creative process, Jones aims to tailor the class to his audience. “My master classes are about the people that attend them. I want to know why you’ve come and what issues you need to address.”

During the course of answering questions he’s certain the structures in Hollywood, the technicalities of creating soundtracks and copyright laws will all “trickle out”, but his main focus is finding out what the group needs. “Depending on the questions, it could be deadly boring, hysterically funny, or a mine of information. I hope it’s the latter two,” he smiles. Either way, it’ll cover the glamour and glitz as much as the nuts and bolts of the industry.

Jones is spending more time working in Cape Town, explaining that for years he’s felt “deracinated”, but he’s beginning to feel rooted again. He believes film can give a huge injection to the local economy. He explains that once Hollywood was semi-desert. “Look at it now. It’s the fifth largest economy in the world. Why? Film!”

“We just need to be unblinkered and unfettered in the way we look at ourselves and our environment.” He adds that his generation need to rid themselves of the baggage that is holding them back and start taking pride in themselves and our future.

To book for the master class, call 083 448 4475.

HOW TO CATCH THE ALL BLACKS by Bok coach Meyer

The Boks flew out of Paris yesterday in chipper mood after having ended their year with an 83 percent success rate following their gutsy 19-10 win over France, but already coach Meyer is focussed on what the Boks have to do better next year to beat the All Blacks.

He said there are two main areas where the All Blacks are better – they are fitter and they have a superior kicking game, which is ironic because for decades, kicking was just about all the Boks could do while the Kiwis, conversely, have historically kept the ball in hand.

Meyer feels the Boks have caught up in other respects, and pointed out the mental toughness his team showed in being able to “win ugly”, as he put it, when the France game regressed into an uninspiring arm wrestle in the freezing cold of the Stade de France.

Meyer said the reason the All Blacks beat the Boks in the humdinger at Ellis Park in October was because they were better conditioned, and literally ran away with the game in the final quarter.

In those closing stages, the All Blacks’ pace exposed Wille le Roux (in the unfamiliar position of wing) on defence to score tries and then their cover defenders twice reeled in the flying Le Roux to affect try-saving tackles.

“We will not beat the All Blacks until we can catch up to their level of conditioning,” Meyer said. “Their superiority there was evident on the fast, dry pitch of the Highveld, which produced a very quick game.”

When he talks of conditioning, the coach also means literally the “condition” of the players. Many a Bok player this year was played into the ground, none more so that Jean de Villiers, who played every Super Rugby and Springbok game plus a handful of Currie Cup games. Willem Alberts is another who was nursed from game to game.

It is not for Meyer to say it, but there was also the case of Jannie du Plessis at the Sharks, who played the Currie Cup final with a broken bone in his hand but then was not fit to tour with the Boks.

It simply would not happen in New Zealand, where the top 150 players are contracted to the NZRU, as are the franchise coaches, and the national interest always comes first. In South Africa, the provinces own (and pay) the players and the coaches.

“We need a national conditioning plan,” said Meyer. “I only have the players for 12 weeks, and when they come to us, some of them are not fit enough, but what can we do about it when we are playing a Test that week? We need a national plan, with the players coming to us at the Boks once a month for testing, and, if necessary, I can say to an individual: ‘You are lagging behind, get up to the required level or you won’t be picked.’”

Regarding the superior kicking game of the All Blacks, Meyer again highlighted the perks of a country that is able to implement national strategies.

“In 2009, when the Boks beat the All Blacks three times in one season, a big part of it was their immaculate kicking game (much of it the kick-and-chase strategy involving Fourie du Preez and wingers JP Pietersen and Bryan Habana, which exposed the big but clumsy Kiwi wingers),” Meyer said.

“The NZRU got all their coaches together and said: ‘the only way to beat the Boks is to improve our kicking game. They got in (Aussie) footie coaches to address this area throughout their franchises and suddenly wings that could not catch or kick are experts at it,” Meyer said. “In our last game, they kicked 42 times, twice more than us.”

But because the All Blacks are also so good at counter-attacking, they are remembered for the great tries they score, not for the amount of tactical kicking they do.

“You can’t out run them because they are too fit, and then they out kick you. They are actually beating us at our own game – people don’t see it,” Meyer said.

“We are almost there,” Meyer summarised, “But we need to come together as a country. I only have the players for a limited period of time. I need buy in. I can’t do it alone. I want the national Under-21s and Under 19s to play the same way as the Boks, and for the Academies across the country to be coaching from the same book.

“We need a national blue print. It is hard for me to fix things at the Boks when I get the players a week before a Test match. Things must get fixed at a lower level. We should have (national coaches) such as Pieter de Villiers (Bok scrum coach), travelling around the country coaching, and Rich Gray (breakdowns) doing the same.

“Then, when I get the players, we can concentrate on fine-tuning the game plan for the specific opponents in front of us.”

by Mike Greenaway

Springboks against France at the Stade de France today preview

It might not be fair, but the Springboks know that their 2013 campaign will be defined by the result of their match against France at the Stade de France today .When the curtain comes down on the South African season at around midnight (SA time), a Bok victory would confirm the hype that has steadily built around Jean de Villiers’ team while a defeat would question whether the Boks really are making ground on the pace-setting All Blacks.

The Springbok Test season kicked off 12 Tests ago in June when Italy were thrashed 44-10 in Durban. Five months later, the Boks visit France, who earlier this year were humiliated by that same Italy team in the Six Nations.

France had been tipped to win the Six Nations but came stone last. Typical, many said, because when it comes to the French rugby team, the only thing you can predict is that they are unpredictable.

France had to pick themselves up from the Six Nations canvas and travel to New Zealand in June for their “revenge” series against the All Blacks, who had fortuitously scraped home 9-8 against the French in the 2011 Rugby World Cup final.

In a re-enactment of that final at Eden Park, France were competitive in losing 23-13 but then suffered hidings in the second and third Tests. There was a fourth Test match this year between these countries just a fortnight ago, this time in Paris, and the hosts pulled themselves together after their forgettable season and came within a whisker of drawing the match (lost 26-19) when they spent the last five minutes camped on the New Zealand try-line.

It is this French beast that the Boks are wary of, not the despairing bunch who six months ago sunk to defeat to Italy.

That is the thing with the French. They have, in fact, beaten the All Blacks on 12 occasions over the years which is by some margin more than their Northern Hemisphere colleagues have (England have done it seven times, Wales three times, and Ireland and Scotland have never managed it, never mind Italy).

But by the same token, France have lost to Italy on three occasions in recent years, simply because they did not pitch up for work on the day, and the Italians did.

There is little chance, though, that the French will have a questionable work ethic tomorrow. The word out of their camp is that their horrible year thus far can be rescued to a significant degree by defeating a Springbok team that is second only to the All Blacks and clearly ahead of the chasing pack below them.

And the Springboks, having come so far this season in their second year under Heyneke Meyer, are anxious to not let it slip now. They have done the hard work – undefeated in that quadrangular series in South Africa in June, home and away wins over Australia and Argentina in the Rugby Championship, a victory in Cardiff over the Six Nations champions and an imposing 28-0 defeat of Scotland last week.

“Beating a tough team like France in Paris would be the icing on the cake after a long and productive year,” said flyhalf Morne Steyn. “The guys are keen to go on holiday, but they don’t want to do it with a sour taste in their mouths.”

Indeed, they want the beer to taste sweet and cold when they put their feet up. Just ask the All Blacks what it feels like to have a good year and then undo it in the last match. It happened to them at Twickenham in November 2012, when England shocked them.

Their coach Steve Hansen said at the time: “The worst thing is that it will be more than six months before our next Test match, when we can hopefully put things right. That is a long time to be coming off a defeat!”

Springboks: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean de Villiers (capt), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Flip van der Merwe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Substitutes: Adriaan Strauss, Gurthrö Steenkamp, Lourens Adriaanse, Bakkies Botha, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi, Jano Vermaak, Pat Lambie.

France: 15 Brice Dulin, 14 Yoann Huget, 13 Florian Fritz, 12 Wesley Fofana, 11 Sofiane Guitoune, 10 Rémi Talès, 9 Morgan Parra, 8 Damien Chouly, 7 Wenceslas Lauret, 6 Thierry Dusautoir (capt), 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Pascal Papé, 3 Nicolas Mas, 2 Benjamin Kayser, 1 Yannick Forestier.

Substitutes: Dimitri Szarzewski, Thomas Domingo, Rabah Slimani, Sebastien Vahaamahina, Yannick Nyanga, Jean-Marc Doussain, Frédéric Michalak, Mathieu Bastareaud.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

Kick-off: 10pm (SA time).

Mike Greenaway in Paris

Perfect season for All Blacks this weekend 14 from 14 ?

One of the great strengths of Steve Hansen as a rugby coach is his willingness to acknowledge when he hasn’t quite got something right, and then make the necessary adjustments next time around.

That’s helped him transition a very good team into a great side who, two years down the track, are on the verge of making history with professional rugby’s first perfect test year.

On Sunday , the All Blacks will seek to rack up their 14th victory from as many outings in 2013 by continuing their dominance over Ireland, who have never beaten them in 108 years of trying. They are within touching distance of a feat every bit as worthy as lifting the treasured Webb Ellis Cup.

They will attempt to do so with a lineup featuring seven changes from that which quelled the England fury at Twickenham – two enforced by injury, but the other five entirely discretionary. This is Hansen evolving as a head coach. This is Hansen acknowledging that he didn’t quite get it right a year ago.

This time last year, the All Blacks had also not lost a test – though they had drawn one – as they approached their finale against England at Twickenham. Their hosts had also just dropped back-to-back home matches against Australia (14-20) and South Africa (15-16).

Despite a week complicated by having to deal with the norovirus that ran through the team, Hansen made just three changes between the penultimate test against Wales and Twickenham, only one of which was a straight selection decision.

Keven Mealamu came in for the suspended Andrew Hore and a fit-again Dan Carter resumed in the No 10 jersey. The only selection flip was Brodie Retallick replacing Luke Romano.

Contrast that with Hansen’s approach this week, under eerily similar circumstances. Injuries to Tony Woodcock and Carter see Wyatt Crockett and Aaron Cruden get the nod, but he’s also brought in Andrew Hore (for Mealamu), Charlie Faumuina (for Owen Franks), Romano (for Retallick), Steven Luatua (for Liam Messam) and Cory Jane (for Charles Piutau).

“It would be easy to say we had to pick what we picked because of the virus – and I wouldn’t underestimate how badly it affected us – but even without the virus we would have picked the same team,” said Hansen.

“You’re right, we would not have been as energised as we would if we’d put some fresh people on the park.

“The honest answer is it is a reflection on what happened last year. We need to inject new legs in and hopefully those new legs will bring enthusiasm and excitement about playing and give us the energy levels we’re going to need.”

The attrition element was also factored in. His forwards, particularly, have carried a great load this year and Hansen has seen what happens when you send tired men out to do yeoman’s work.

“We’ve gone round the world twice, this will be our seventh test in nine weeks, and we’ve had some big, physical games. It’s the accumulation of a lot of travel and game-time. We need fresh legs and we’ve got ability sitting there fresh, so why not use them?”

There are two obvious exceptions. Ben Smith has started every test and played all but 49 minutes of them. And Kieran Read has missed only the Japan romp and not missed a second otherwise.

ALL BLACKS: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), Steven Luatua, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Charlie Faumuina, Andrew Hore, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Dane Coles, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty.

– © Fairfax NZ News

All Blacks aim for perfect year -Team named for final test against Ireland

The All Blacks team to play Ireland at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, on Sunday 24 November has been named in the final Test on the All Blacks’ Air New Zealand European Tour.

The strong All Blacks line-up, which boasts 798 Test caps experience and an average age of 26, features two injury-enforced changes from the team that beat England last weekend. First five-eighth Aaron Cruden replaces Daniel Carter in the starting XV and prop Wyatt Crockett replaces Tony Woodcock. Those changes see first five-eighth Beauden Barrett and prop Ben Franks come into the reserves.

Wing Cory Jane also returns to the starting XV, replacing Charles Piutau, while in the forwards, lock Luke Romano starts, with Brodie Retallick on the bench; Steven Luatua is at blindside flanker with Sam Cane coming onto the bench to cover the loose forwards; and Andrew Hore takes Keven Mealamu’s place at hooker.

The squad also features the inclusion of uncapped halfback TJ Perenara on the bench.

The team is (Test caps in brackets)

Starting XV:

1. Wyatt Crockett (23)
2. Andrew Hore (82)
3. Charlie Faumuina (16)
4. Luke Romano (16)
5. Samuel Whitelock (50)
6. Steven Luatua (10)
7. Richie McCaw – captain (123)
8. Kieran Read (60)
9. Aaron Smith (25)
10. Aaron Cruden (28)
11. Julian Savea (19)
12. Ma’a Nonu (87)
13. Ben Smith (25)
14. Cory Jane (44)
15. Israel Dagg (37)

Reserves:

16. Dane Coles (14)
17. Ben Franks (30)
18. Owen Franks (53)
19. Brodie Retallick (23)
20. Sam Cane (14)
21. TJ Perenara *
22. Beauden Barrett (15)
23. Ryan Crotty (4)

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “This Test against the Irish is another great opportunity for the team to put in a performance we can all be proud of. Though we have won the last two Tests on the Air New Zealand European Tour (against France and England), we would like to see an improvement on those two performances.

“We love playing in Ireland and have a lot of respect for the Irish. We well remember the second Test against them in Christchurch last year (when the All Blacks just won 22-19) and we know that if our minds aren’t totally on the job in our preparation this week and in the game on Sunday, then we will suffer.”

Interesting facts

* The All Blacks have played Ireland 27 times since 1905 with 26 wins to the All Blacks and a 10-all draw in Dublin in 1973. The teams last played in the Steinlager Series in New Zealand in June 2012. The last Test in Dublin was in 2010, with the All Blacks winning 38-18 on that occasion.

* All Blacks hooker Keven Mealamu had his 94th Test match win (in his 110th Test) last weekend, heading former Australian captain George Gregan for the second most Test wins in history, behind All Blacks Captain Richie McCaw.

* Kieran Read has scored 15 tries from the No 8 position, a world record.

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