RWC News (Thu)

September 29, 2011
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We bring you the latest from the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

England drop Cueto

England has dropped hat-trick hero Mark Cueto for their crucial final pool match against Scotland.

Suspended lock, Courtney Lawes, also makes a return while Jonny Wilkinson is preferred ahead of Toby Flood.

England:

15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Mike Tindall, 11 Delon Armitage, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 James Haskell, 7 Lewis Moody (captain), 6 Tom Croft, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Louis Deacon, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Steve Thompson, 1 Matt Stevens

Substitutes: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Alex Corbisiero, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Nick Easter, 20 Richard Wigglesworth, 21 Toby Flood, 22 Matt Banahan

Samo wings it for Aussies

An injury ravaged Australian team has named loose-forward, Radike Samo, on the wing for their final pool game against Russia.

“He started as a wing, you saw him there last weekend. Obviously it has not been his typical position of late but with our circumstance it has become a necessity,” Deans said.

With all their injuries the Wallabies will welcome the news that David Pocock has recovered from his back injury as he is named in the starting line up.

Australia:

15 James O’Connor, 14 Radike Samo, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 James Horwill (captain), 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota Nau, 17 Saia Fainga’a, 18 Salesi Ma’afu, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Rocky Elsom, 21 Will Genia, 22 Nick Phipps

Aus backs the Kiwi in RWC cost row

Australian Rugby CEO, John O’Neill has described the commercial arrangement around the Rugby World Cup as the ‘White elephant in the room’ but stopped short in in following NZ’s threat to boycott the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

“As Steve Tew correctly pointed out, the current economic model is unsustainable and unacceptable,” he said.

“We look to the IRB to resolve these issues urgently because, as a national union, the ARU is unable to continue making these significant losses every four years.”

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