The British and Irish Lions beat the Queensland Reds 22-12 to maintain a 100 percent record on their rugby tour to Australia as the team builds toward a Test series against the Wallabies.
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 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.
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.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
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 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.