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.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
New Zealand recalled four players for their first Test appearance of 2011 in the All Blacks’ final match before their Rugby World Cup squad is announced.
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 11 changes for this weekend’s Tri-Nations rugby decider against Australia, including picking Piri Weepu at scrum-half and Sam Whitelock at lock.
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 rugby selectors rested nine senior players including captain Richie McCaw and playmaker Dan Carter for next week’s Tri-Nations match in South Africa.
The Queensland Reds were rewarded for winning the Super Rugby title with 15 players called up to the national squad as Australia seeks to take their momentum all the way to this year’s World Cup.
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.