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.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
New Zealand rugby selectors named the following 35-man squad to attend two training camps before next month’s three-Test series against Ireland. A 30-man squad for the series will be named June 3.
New Zealand rugby union selectors named the following team to play South Africa in the Aug. 20 Tri-Nations rugby Test in Port Elizabeth:
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 selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
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 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.
"I've never seen the country like this in my life."
- Ali Williams on Oct 23, 2011