New Zealand All Blacks coach Graham Henry will start star centre Sonny Bill Williams on the bench in Saturday night’s Tri-Nations clash against the South Africa Springboks at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.
Western Force flanker Richard Brown has been ruled out of contention for the 2011 Rugby World Cup, the 23-capped Wallabies Test star undergoing surgery for a shoulder injury that will sideline him until next year.
After a disappointing Super 15 Rugby season this year, the Brumbies have kicked off their pre-season training months ahead of the other clubs in the competition, head coach Jack White hopeful the Canberra-based venture can bounce back to form in the 2012 Super Rugby season.
Young Australian prop Sekope Kepu is confident the Wallabies can claim an upset win over the All Blacks in their upcoming Tri-Nations Test, a victory he hopes to have a big part of repaying the faith rival Kiwi scrum coach Mike Cron has always had in him.
After a chaotic Super Rugby season, All Blacks assistant coach Steve Hansen has confirmed that many of the Crusaders reps in the New Zealand Test squad will be given a deserved rest throughout the upcoming 2011 Tri Nations tournament.
Australian Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has made seven changes to the line-up that will play in the opening Tri-Nations Test against South Africa this Saturday after the Aussies’ upset loss to Samoa last Sunday.
Former Wallabies fly-half and Rugby World Cup champion Elton Flatley has warned an ageing All Blacks outfit that they will have to lift their game ahead of the Rugby Union Tri-Nations if they are to salute as the favourites, saying the gun, young Australian squad have the skills and stamina for an upset.
The Chiefs Super Ruby club have this week confirmed the signing of Hurricanes five-eighth Aaron Cruden, the All Black to play for the Waikato-based outfit from 2012.
The Queensland Reds have capped off a remarkable season by winning the Super Rugby title with an 18-13 victory against the Canterbury Crusaders.
Reds playmaker Quade Cooper has vowed to keep following his attacking instincts in the Super Rugby Final against the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday. 1
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