All Blacks latest – Sivivatu to miss PE Test
7 Aug 2011
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Sivivatu to miss PE Test – All Blacks wing Sitiveni Sivivatu fractured an eye socket in Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test and won’t be considered for the tour to South Africa.
Coach Graham Henry said Sivivatu would miss the Test In Port Elizabeth but could be ready for the final Tri-Nations clash against the Wallabies in Brisbane.
Henry also suggested that he would take a group of 24 to South Africa and would use this Test to give a number of fringe players as well as those returning from injury an opportunity to prove their worth. Dan Carter is but one superstar who is expected to step aside so that the second-choice, Colin Slade, can get some game time in a starting capacity.
Of those returning from injury, Henry told reporters that he was pleased with the progress of Israel Dagg, Richard Kahui and Isaia Toeava, who all played for their club or province this weekend. Prop Tony Woodcock picked up a minor hamstring injury that prevented him from playing for North Harbour, but he is expected to be ready for the Test against the Springboks.