Pool A latest – Carter out, Slade in
13 Sep 2011
Keo.co.za brings you the latest World Cup news from Pool A.
Carter out, Slade in – Dan Carter has been ruled out of the All Blacks’ game against Japan with a back injury. Carter will be replaced by Colin Slade at flyhalf, while Jimmy Cowan will now come onto the bench.
Henry rings changes – Graham Henry has decided to rotate some of his players for the All Blacks’ next pool match against Japan.
Mils Muliaina is back at fullback, while Cory Jane gets a chance on the wing. Israel Dagg and Isaia Toeava are left out of the match 22.
Sonny Bill Williams is relegated to the bench as Conrad Smith returns to No 13 and Ma’a Nonu shifts to No 12. Andy Ellis is handed an opportunity at scrumhalf with Jimmy Cowan axed from the matchday squad.
In the pack, Adam Thomson comes in at No 8 while Keven Mealamu and Sam Whitelock are also handed starts.
The game will mark Richie McCaw’s 100th Test for New Zealand.
All Blacks – 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Richard Kahui, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Adam Thomson, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Subs: 16. Andrew Hore, 17. John Afoa, 18. Ali Williams, 19. Victor Vito, 20. Piri Weepu, 21. Jimmy Cowan, 22. Sonny Bill Williams