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Lam praises departing players

Saturday night's Air New Zealand Cup victory signalled the departure of 12 players from the Auckland provincial ranks, including hard-tackling captain Sam Tuitupou.
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Mealamu happy to be back on the job

While most of his World Cup teammates are taking stock as far away from a rugby field as possible, Mealamu and utility back Isaia Toeava are using Saturday night's Air New Zealand Cup final with Wellington as therapy while they continue to recover from New Zealand's shock quarterfinal exit in Cardiff a fortnight ago.
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Auckland make two changes to bench

Auckland have retained the run-on side that won the Air New Zealand Cup semifinal against Hawke's Bay last week for Saturday's final against Wellington.
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Weepu to captain Wellington

When form dipped and the Hurricanes team needed a reliable goalkicker, halfback Piri Weepu obliged.
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Two All Blacks looking likely for Wellington

An injury to midfielder and captain Tamati Ellison could lead to the selection of at least two All Blacks in the Wellington squad for Saturday's Air New Zealand Cup final against Auckland.
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