No. 8 Kieran Read will captain New Zealand’s top-ranked rugby team for the first time against Italy in two days as the All Blacks made 14 starting changes.
New Zealand rugby selectors named the following 32-man squad for the All Blacks tour to Europe starting next month:
Rugby World Cup favorite New Zealand made nine changes to play Tonga in the tournament’s opening match in two days, retaining only two of the seven backs who started last month’s loss to Australia.
All Blacks reserve fly-half Colin Slade has the backing of coaches, players and fans to cover the loss of injured playmaker Dan Carter as the top-ranked team seeks its first Rugby World Cup title in 24 years.
New Zealand selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
New Zealand omitted wingers Sitiveni Sivivatu and Hosea Gear as selectors picked the most experienced All Blacks squad to try and win the Rugby World Cup on home soil starting next month.
New Zealand rugby selectors picked Jarrad Hoeata and Colin Slade to make their starting debuts in the All Blacks’ season-opening Test against Fiji in two days.
David Pocock will captain an Australia team featuring five rookies in its one-off rugby Test against Scotland in Newcastle on June 5.
New Zealand rugby selectors rested nine senior players including captain Richie McCaw and playmaker Dan Carter for next week’s Tri-Nations match in South Africa.
New Zealand rugby union selectors named the following team for the All Blacks’ season-opening Test against Fiji on July 22 in Dunedin:
"Guys, I just want to let you know first that I'm retiring from international rugby."
- Ali Williams on May 23, 2013