New Zealand named the following team to play England in the first test match at Auckland’s Eden Park on June 7.
Wales made one starting change for its Rugby World Cup semifinal against France on Oct. 15, choosing James Hook at fly-half after Rhys Priestland was ruled out with a shoulder injury.
Aaron Cruden, who wasn’t even born when New Zealand won the Rugby World Cup in 1987, said he isn’t fazed by having to pilot his country’s bid for a second title in next weekend’s final against France.
France rebounded from back-to-back losses to defeat England 19-12 and reach its fifth straight Rugby World Cup semifinal, where it will face Wales.
New Zealand beat Australia 30-14 in its final home match before hosting the Rugby World Cup to move atop the Tri-Nations standings and retain the Bledisloe Cup.
New Zealand opened the seventh Rugby World Cup today rated the team to beat by bookmakers and former winners as the host nation seeks to end a 24-year title drought.
Australia defeated Wales 21-18 to secure third place at the Rugby World Cup and avoid three losses at the four-yearly championship for the first time.
Rugby fans have applied for more than 600,000 tickets to the preliminary games of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, organizers said today.
New Zealand beat South Africa 29-15 to move atop the Rugby Championship and keep the No. 1 world ranking. Australia held on to defeat Argentina 14-13 for its first win in this year’s competition.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.