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.
Australia will give Kurtley Beale “until the final moment” to overcome a hamstring injury and take his place in an unchanged team in the Rugby World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in two days.
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 selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
New Zealand opened the Rugby World Cup with a 41-10 win over Tonga as the top-ranked All Blacks seek to end a 24-year title drought.
New Zealand rugby captain Richie McCaw and full-back Mils Muliaina were selected to play their record 93rd Test match against Ireland on Nov. 20.
New Zealand rugby union selectors named the following team to play South Africa in the Aug. 20 Tri-Nations rugby Test in Port Elizabeth: