Menu
Sport

Skipper’s injury is not serious, says ABs coach

A THIGH injury has ruled All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw out of his team's final World Cup pool match against Tonga in Newcastle tomorrow morning.

The injury isn't serious and All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said his captain could have played.

"If we were playing a final he'd be fine, but we're just not prepared to take any risks with anyone who's not 100%," he said.

"He can have a breather and it gives Liam (Messam) an opportunity to come off the bench and get some footy and Sam (Cane) can get a start."

No.8 Kieran Read will captain the team.

Messam, a late withdrawal from the Namibia match due to a calf strain, gets his first opportunity for game time at the tournament. Centre Ma'a Nonu (pictured) will play his 100th Test.

New Zealand will play the loser of the France v Ireland clash in the quarter-finals.

- APNZ

Topics:  all blacks richie mccaw


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Footy dad: I can hold my head high

Geoffrey Whittaker says it's 'awesome' to see justice served after enduring a trial this week. He was found not guilty of assault.

'I'm glad I'm not the one that looks like the idiot any more'

Footy fight: Coach accused of spiteful, 'vicious' act

Geoffrey James Whittaker, who has pleaded not guilty to assault charges at a football carnival.

'Sometimes it's appropriate to defend oneself by striking first'

Dad 'head-butted' footy coach during kids' rugby carnival

Geoffrey Whittaker has pleaded not guilty two assault charges. The offences are alleged to have occurred during a children's football carnival in 2016.

Geoffrey James Whittaker pleads not guilty to two assault charges

Local Partners