New Zealand selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
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.
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 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.
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.
South Africa beat New Zealand 18-5 for its first win in rugby’s Tri-Nations tournament.
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: