New Zealand picked three rookies in a remodeled team for the first of three rugby Tests against Ireland, retaining just seven of the starting lineup from last year’s World Cup final victory.
Wales coach Warren Gatland named the following team to play Australia in the Rugby World Cup third- place playoff on Oct. 21 at Eden Park, Auckland:
Wales’s third Six Nations rugby Grand Slam sweep in eight seasons was based on the character of a team whose best may be yet to come, coach Warren Gatland said.
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.
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.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Wales routed Namibia 81-7 for its biggest Rugby World Cup victory to grab second place in Pool D and move closer to a quarterfinal place.
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:
"To get to the semis is a great achievement for this group."
- Gethin Jenkins on Oct 21, 2011