New Zealand rugby selectors named the following 35-man squad to attend two training camps before next month’s three-Test series against Ireland. A 30-man squad for the series will be named June 3.
New Zealand selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
New Zealand rugby union selectors named the following team to play South Africa in the Aug. 20 Tri-Nations rugby Test in Port Elizabeth:
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 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 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 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.
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 rested nine senior players including captain Richie McCaw and playmaker Dan Carter for next week’s Tri-Nations match in South Africa.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.