Kiwi wrap (Thurs)

Keo.co.za brings you the latest news from New Zealand’s year-end tour.

Flynn’s tour over

Hooker Corey Flynn has been ruled out of the remainder of the All Blacks’ tour after it was confirmed he had broken his arm.

The Canterbury had been bracketed on the bench in New Zealand’s original 22 after he had been complaining of pain in his left arm.

However, scans confirmed the 27-year old had suffered a break and would play no further part in the remainder of the tour.

All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson said Flynn suffered a knock to his arm during the midweek game against Munster, but was unaware he had suffered a fracture and played on.

“Corey complained of soreness and an x-ray in Cardiff confirmed that he has suffered a fracture to his left forearm,” Robinson said.

NEW ZEALAND – 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Jimmy Cowan; 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Neemia Tialata/ John Afoa 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs – 16 Hikarewa Elliot, 17 Afoa/Tialata, 18 Anthony Boric, 19 Kieran Read, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Isaia Toeava.

Gatland: McCaw’s no cheat

Wales coach Warren Gatland has heaped praise on All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw ahead of the two sides clash this Saturday.

McCaw was criticised in the build up to last week’s game against Ireland, but Gatland believes his critics have got it wrong.

“When you get the world’s top players, the criticism they keep getting is because they are often so good,” said Gatland. “Richie is a fantastic player, but he is no different to other players in terms of the criticism All Blacks No 7s have had.”

Gatland drew comparisons to the flack former England opensider Neil Back copped in the build up to their 2003 World Cup success.

“When Back was on top of his game, he got the same sort of criticism,” said Gatland, adding that the challenge for his loose forwards this weekend was simply to get on top of McCaw.

“It’s how you combat that mentality and what he brings to the game. That’s what we have got to cope with.”

More to follow …