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.
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 made six changes to face Argentina in the Rugby Championship this weekend, naming Julian Savea on the wing for his third Test start and calling up Aaron Cruden at fly-half after Dan Carter was ruled out.
New Zealand captain Richie McCaw and full-back Mils Muliaina, the All Blacks’ two most- experienced players, will miss tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup match against Japan because of injuries.
New Zealand dropped winger Rene Ranger and flanker Liam Messam from its Tri-Nations rugby squad for the July 31 match against Australia in Melbourne.
The following is a roundup of stories from the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
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 selectors named the following team to play Australia in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
New Zealand named the following team to play England in the first test match at Auckland’s Eden Park on June 7.