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 beat France 8-7 in the closest-ever Rugby World Cup final, ending a run of five failures at the championship of its national sport.
The Queensland Reds named their first unchanged squad of the season for the July 9 Super Rugby final against the Canterbury Crusaders in Brisbane.
Australia will give Kurtley Beale “until the final moment” to overcome a hamstring injury and take his place in an unchanged team in the Rugby World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in two days.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
New Zealand selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
The Queensland Reds were rewarded for winning the Super Rugby title with 15 players called up to the national squad as Australia seeks to take their momentum all the way to this year’s World Cup.
The Canterbury Crusaders named the following team to play the Queensland Reds in the July 9 Super Rugby final at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium:
New Zealand rugby captain Richie McCaw and full-back Mils Muliaina were selected to play their record 93rd Test match against Ireland on Nov. 20.
New Zealand beat Australia 20-6 to reach its first Rugby World Cup final since 1995, where the All Blacks will face France in a repeat of the inaugural championship decider 24 years ago.