The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
New Zealand rugby union selectors named the following team for the All Blacks’ fourth Rugby World Cup match against Canada on Oct. 2 in Wellington:
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 captain Richie McCaw and full-back Mils Muliaina, the All Blacks’ two most- experienced players, will miss tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup match against Japan because of injuries.
New Zealand rugby union selectors named the following team to play South Africa in the Aug. 20 Tri-Nations rugby Test in Port Elizabeth:
New Zealand made one change to its starting lineup for the Aug. 7 Tri-Nations rugby Test against Australia in Christchurch, recalling Piri Weepu at scrum-half for the injured Jimmy Cowan.
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.
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:
New Zealand recalled winger Rene Ranger to its Tri-Nations rugby squad for the Aug. 21 match against South Africa in Johannesburg.