All Blacks center Conrad Smith will miss at least the first two matches of the southern hemisphere rugby championship following treatment for an eye injury.
New Zealand made six changes to face Argentina in the Rugby Championship this weekend, naming Julian Savea on the wing for his third Test start and calling up Aaron Cruden at fly-half after Dan Carter was ruled out.
New Zealand beat South Africa 32-16 to complete a perfect Rugby Championship campaign as Australia closed the inaugural tournament with a 25-19 win in Argentina.
Australia defeated New Zealand 25-20 to win its first Tri-Nations rugby union title in 10 years and send the top-ranked All Blacks into the World Cup with back-to- back losses.
New Zealand named the following team to play England in the rugby Test on Saturday, Dec. 1 at London’s Twickenham Stadium:
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.
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.
Colin Slade scored 19 points in his starting debut as 2011 Rugby World Cup favorite New Zealand beat Fiji 60-14 in its season-opening Test.
"The French will have it easy."
- Conrad Smith on Oct 20, 2011