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Crockett looks to take ref out of equation
Robert Lowe
14:08 AEST Thu Aug 23 2012

Wyatt Crockett will look to take the referee out of the equation when he resumes his Test rugby career as the starting loosehead prop against the Wallabies in Auckland on Saturday.

Crockett's inclusion for 87-Test veteran Tony Woodcock, who has a rib injury, is the only change to the All Blacks side from their 27-19 victory in Sydney last weekend.

It will be just the 29-year-old Crusader's seventh cap, and his first in 12 months.

Crockett made his debut against Italy in Christchurch in 2009.

Later that year, against the same opposition in Milan, he endured a tough night in which referee Stuart Dickinson targeted his technique.

He didn't play another Test for almost two years, but was part of the All Blacks line-up that beat the Wallabies 30-14 at Eden Park last August.

Crockett says he tries not think about the referee when he's on the field, focusing instead on doing his job well.

"It's up to me to get it right," he said.

"Better just to try and take the referee out of the equation and just do everything I can. That's how I look at it now."

Coach Steve Hansen says the fact that Crockett hasn't played more Tests isn't because of lack of ability.

"It's been the ability of a guy called Tony Woodcock and the selectors' desire to have two people that could play tighthead and loosehead, so he couldn't do any more than he's doing," he said.

"It's great he's getting an opportunity - not so great for Woody - but great for him and I'm sure he'll come on to the park and do the job we need him to do."


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