Thursday, July 19, 2007

Misc news before NZ vs. Australia (Saturday July 21st, 2007)

Rugby: New All Black line-up announced
Tue, 17 Jul 2007 02:28p.m.

The All Blacks have made three changes to their starting lineup for this weekend's Bledisloe blockbuster against the Wallabies, at Eden Park.

Anton Oliver bumps Keven Mealamu at hooker, Jerry Collins replaces Rueben Thorne on the blindside flank and Byron Kelleher takes over from Piri Weepu at halfback.

Luke McAlister retains his slot at second five ahead of Aaron Mauger - in partnership with Isaia Toeava in the centres.

The full team in the backline: Mils Muliaina at fullback, Doug Howlett and Joe Rokocoko on the wings, McAlister and Toeava, first five Dan Carter and Kelleher.

Up front it is Rodney So'oi'alo, Collins and skipper Richie McCaw in the loose forwards, Chris Jack and Keith Robinson at locks and the front row enforcers of Tony Woodcock, Carl Hayman and Oliver.

Woodcock is hoping for a far more settled scrum than the mess in Melbourne three weeks ago.

The Wallabies have two changes to their forward pack from the recent scrap over the Spingboks, and Chris Latham's been bracked for a return from injury at fullback.


Rugby: Changes to Wallabies squad before Bledisloe
Tue, 17 Jul 2007 06:29p.m.

The Wallabies have made two changes to their forward pack for Saturday’s test against New Zealand. The big question is at fullback after Julian Huxley hurt himself at a party on the weekend. Coach John Connolly has bracketed veteran Chris Latham who has not played a test this year and up-and-comer Adam Ashley Cooper.


Rugby: All Black bench hope to help with a win on Saturday
Thu, 19 Jul 2007 10:15a.m.

They might start the game sitting down, but the All Black bench has stood up as one of the team’s key weapons this season. And the impact players hope their fresh legs will help secure the Tri-Nations and Bledisloe Cup on Saturday night


Rugby: Big talk before next Wallabies clash
Thu, 19 Jul 2007 06:57p.m.

Stirling Mortlock denies the Wallabies are playing mind games ahead of Saturday nights Bledisloe cup and tri-nations decider. After their upset win in Melbourne, the Australian rugby community is talking up the Wallabies chances at the World Cup. And as Kevin Sinnott reports, the All Blacks have been listening.

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