Nathan Sharpe was named as Australia’s third on-field captain of 2012 and will lead a team featuring four starting changes for this weekend’s Rugby Championship match against Argentina on the Gold Coast.
James Horwill will lead Australia’s bid for an unprecedented third Rugby World Cup title, replacing Rocky Elsom in a surprise move.
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.
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.
Australia coach Robbie Deans named the following team to play New Zealand in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
Australia full-back Kurtley Beale will miss tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup semifinal against New Zealand after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, tournament organizers said.
Australian rugby union selectors named the following team for the Wallabies’ third Rugby World Cup match against the U.S. on Sept. 23 in Wellington:
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:
Australia rugby coach Robbie Deans named the following team to play New Zealand in the July 31 Tri- Nations and Bledisloe Cup Test in Melbourne:
Australia picked back-rower Scott Higginbotham to make his first Test start and recalled lock Nathan Sharpe for this weekend’s Tri-Nations rugby match against South Africa in Durban.