New Zealand picked three rookies in a remodeled team for the first of three rugby Tests against Ireland, retaining just seven of the starting lineup from last year’s World Cup final victory.
Leinster routed Ulster 42-14 in an all-Irish Heineken Cup rugby final to become the second team to win two straight titles.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Dan Parks scored all of Scotland’s points as the team struggled to defeat Georgia 15-6 in a Rugby World Cup pool game. Samoa opened its campaign by beating Namibia 49-12 as Canada rallied to defeat Tonga 25-20.
Ireland rugby selectors named the following team for the Oct. 8 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal against Wales in Wellington, New Zealand:
Leinster opened defense of its Heineken Cup rugby title by rallying to tie Montpellier 16-16.
Jonathan Sexton kicked a penalty in the final seconds to give defending champion Leinster a 16-16 tie with Montpellier in their opening Heineken Cup rugby match.
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: