New Zealand named the following team to play England in the rugby Test on Saturday, Dec. 1 at London’s Twickenham Stadium:
New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu will become the third All Black to play 100 Tests in this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup rugby finale against Australia, which had to make its second injury-enforced change for the match.
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 rugby selectors rested nine senior players including captain Richie McCaw and playmaker Dan Carter for next week’s Tri-Nations match in South Africa.
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.
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 selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.