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:
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.
The Canterbury Crusaders named the following team to play the Queensland Reds in the July 9 Super Rugby final at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium:
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.
New Zealand rugby union selectors named the following team for the All Blacks’ season-opening Test against Fiji on July 22 in Dunedin:
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.
New Zealand rugby union selectors named the following 30-man All Blacks squad for the July 22 Test against Fiji in Dunedin and the July 23-Aug. 27 Tri-Nations tournament:
New Zealand rugby captain Richie McCaw was named to start for the Canterbury Crusaders in their July 2 Super Rugby semifinal against South Africa’s Stormers.