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.
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.
New Zealand beat Australia 30-14 in its final home match before hosting the Rugby World Cup to move atop the Tri-Nations standings and retain the Bledisloe Cup.
New Zealand selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
New Zealand made four changes to face South Africa in their Rugby Championship match in Dunedin this weekend, including dropping scrum-half Aaron Smith for a disciplinary breach.
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 rugby selectors named the following 32-man squad for the All Blacks tour to Europe starting next month:
New Zealand scored 13 tries yesterday in its 83-7 defeat of Japan, which moves the All Blacks clear atop their Rugby World Cup group with the maximum points from their opening two matches.
New Zealand named the following team to play England in the first test match at Auckland’s Eden Park on June 7.