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.
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.
Following is a list of the 30-man squads selected by the 20 teams for the Sept. 9-Oct. 23 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand:
England defeated Samoa 26-13 in their rugby union international match at Twickenham, while Scotland upset South Africa 21-17. New Zealand overcame Ireland 38-18 in Dublin.
Australia rugby coach Robbie Deans said his squad must move on from last week’s drought-breaking win in South Africa after making one change for this weekend’s final Tri-Nations match against New Zealand.
New Zealand recalled winger Rene Ranger to its Tri-Nations rugby squad for the Aug. 21 match against South Africa in Johannesburg.
New Zealand dropped winger Rene Ranger and flanker Liam Messam from its Tri-Nations rugby squad for the July 31 match against Australia in Melbourne.