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All Blacks make 10 changes

August 30th, 2006

New Zealand coach Graham Henry has made 10 changes to the All Black line up Saturday’s Tri-Nations test against South Africa.

Flyhalf Daniel Carter, openside flank Richie McCaw, centre Mils Muliaina, wing Sitiveni Sivivatu and lock Ali Williams, are the five who remain unchanged from the starting side who played the Springboks last weekend.
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John Afoa and Marty Holah fly in for the All Blacks

August 28th, 2006

John Afoa and Marty Holah are on there way to South Africa following injuries sustained to four players during the last test match.

Of the four players injured tighthead prop Greg Somerville was the most seriously and will be out for at least six months after snapping his right Achilles tendon when he lost traction in a scrum.

Blindside flanker Reuben Thorne broke his thumb and will be out for about six weeks, Leon MacDonald damaged his hip and needs three weeks rest, while Chris Masoe tore ankle ligaments. The four players will return to New Zealand.

Lock Ali Williams was cleared by the Sanzar judicial hearing and is available for selection for test match this coming weekend.


John Smit and Ali Williams Cited

August 27th, 2006

Springbok captain John Smit and All Blacks lock Ali Williams have been cited following the Tri-Nations Test at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Smit and Williams will probably have to attend a disciplinary hearing on Monday, but that has still to be confirmed.


All Blacks dominate Springboks

August 27th, 2006

New Zealand have come back after a shaky start to defeat South Africa by 45 points to 26.

The Boks dominated the opening 10 minutes and opened up an 11-3 lead.
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Match Preview: South Africa vs New Zealand

August 25th, 2006

New Zealand will play South Africa at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, Saturday August 26. The match is part of the 2006 Tri Nations. However New Zealand already have an unassailable lead in the Tri Nation. So the All Blacks will be looking to win the two match series in South Africa, they haven’t won a test match series against South Africa in South Africa since 1996. While South Africa will be playing for pride.
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Richie McCaw satisfied with Tuqiri’s apology

August 24th, 2006

All Black captain Richie McCaw has accepted Lote Tuqiri’s letter of apology for last Saturday’s spear tackle.

Tuqiri was suspended for five matches by a Sanzar judicial panel , but he will only miss one test - the Wallabies’ final Tri-Nations match against South Africa in Johannesburg on September 9.

Tuqiri’s letter of apology was delivered to the All Blacks’ Auckland hotel before the team departed for South Africa early on Sunday.


Probable Springbok Team

August 24th, 2006

The South Africans have made two changes to their team which will play the All Blacks this weekend.

Flanker Juan Smith has been ruled out through injury, with Joe van Niekerk confirmed as his replacement.

Jean de Villiers returns to the South African midfield at second five after being out for few months with a rib injury.

South Africa: Percy Montgomery, Akona Ndungane, Jaque Fourie, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Butch James, Fourie du Preez, Jacques Cronje, Joe van Niekerk (probable), Solly Tyibilika, Victor Matfield, Johann Muller, CJ van der Linde, John Smit (captain), Os du Randt.

Reserves: Chiliboy Ralepelle, BJ Botha, Albert van den Berg, Joe van Niekerk, Pierre Spies (probable), Ruan Pienaar, Wynand Olivier, Andre Pretorius.


Lote Tuqiri given a 5 match ban

August 22nd, 2006

Australian winger Lote Tuqiri has been handed a 5 match ban by a Sanzar judicial committee for his dangerous tackle on All Blacks captain Richie McCaw during Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup test match at Eden Park.

Tuqiri will miss the Wallabies final Tri-Nations game against South Africa in three weeks’ time, three games for New South Wales against the Brumbies, the Queensland Reds and the Perth Force next month and the opening game of Australia’s Northern Hemisphere tour in November against the Welsh club Ospreys.


All Blacks seal the Tri-Nations with a late try over Australia

August 19th, 2006

Lock Chris Jack and centre Luke McAlister both scored late tries to hand New Zealand a 34-27 victory over Australia on Saturday. The win gives New Zealand it’s seventh Tri-Nations title.

The Wallabies lead 20 points to 11 at half time.

New Zealand: Tries: Jason Eaton (35), Chris Jack (63), Luke McAlister (68); Conversions: Daniel Carter (64,69); Penalty Goals: Daniel Carter (5,20,47,52,80)

Australia: Tries: Lote Tuqiri (25,72), Rocky Elsom (39); Conversions: Stirling Mortlock (26,40,73); Penalty Goals: Stirling Mortlock (2,16)


All Blacks name team to play Australia

August 16th, 2006

All Blacks coach Graham Henry has named his team to play Australia in their Tri-Nations match in Auckland on Saturday. The main change is utility back Isaia Toeava starting at centre. With Mils Muliaina returning to fullback to make way for Toeava.

Team: 15-Mils Muliaina; 14-Doug Howlett, 13-Isaia Toeava, 12-Aaron Mauger, 11-Joe Rokocoko; 10-Dan Carter, 9-Byron Kelleher; 8-Rodney So’oialo, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 6-Jerry Collins, 5-Jason Eaton, 4-Chris Jack, 3-Carl Hayman, 2-Keven Mealamu, 1-Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16-Andrew Hore, 17-Greg Somerville, 18-Ali Williams, 19-Chris Masoe, 20-Piri Weepu, 21-Luke McAlister, 22-Leon MacDonald.