New Zealand named the following team to play England in the first test match at Auckland’s Eden Park on June 7.
New Zealand made four personnel changes to its starting lineup for Saturday’s Tri-Nations rugby Test against South Africa in Wellington, while Adam Thomson was chosen at No. 8 to complete the full set of loose forward roles.
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.
World champion New Zealand beat Australia 27-19 in the opening match of the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship to move within one win of retaining the Bledisloe Cup for a 10th straight series.
New Zealand selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
New Zealand routed Argentina 54-15 to secure the southern hemisphere’s inaugural Rugby Championship with a game to spare as South Africa beat Australia 31-8 for its second win in the tournament.
England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster recalled prop Dan Cole for the match against top-ranked New Zealand at Twickenham in two days.
Australia rallied in the second half to beat England 20-14 as rugby world champion New Zealand extended its unbeaten run to 19 matches.
New Zealand beat Australia 49-28 in rugby’s Tri-Nations to seal an eighth straight win over the Wallabies and extend its championship lead.