The All Blacks suffered a double blow on the eve of Saturday’s Test against the Wallabies with captain Richie McCaw and wing Cory Jane ruled out after picking up injuries in training.

DateOctober 18, 2013 – 10:29AM
Cory Jane on the burst against Australia at Eden Park.Cory Jane on the burst against Australia at Eden Park. Photo: Peter Meecham


“Richie McCaw has been ruled out of Test with tight calf. Cory Jane also out w mild hamstring strain,” the All Blacks posted on their Twitter account.

A team spokesman would not comment on the posting but said injury updates would be made at the captain’s run later Friday. It is understood the injuries flared up during training on Thursday.

Sam Cane replaces McCaw on the openside flank and Charles Piutau will start on the right wing, with Steven Luatua added to the replacements, the All Blacks’ official Twitter account said.

In recent weeks McCaw has been troubled by a knee injury suffered against Argentina early in the rugby championship.

Jane had been rushed back after only two appearances in New Zealand’s provincial competition since sitting out most of the year with knee ligaments damaged in pre-season training.

All Blacks :Israel Dagg; Charles Piutau, Ben Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Jeremy Thrush; Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Tom Taylor.

Wallabies: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Peter Betham, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen, James Horwill (captain), Rob Simmons, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper. Replacements: Saia Fainga’a, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Dave Dennis, Nic White, Mike Harris, Bernard Foley.

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  1. Oh to be the AB’s and lose a few at the same time also rest a few and experiment… could it back-fire on them?

    Being at home and not up North like the last two they lost and drew I doubt it…

    Not to mention the Wallabies having a few out and a new 10/12 partnership that is going to get worked…

    Still going to be a cracker!

  2. Interesting stuff Bryce. Disappointing for McCaw and Jane but maybe a letoff for the NZRU? Yesterday there was outrage from Auckland supporters that some of their players in the All Blacks group would not be on the bench for the test against Australia but yet would still be unavailable to the Auckland side who have an ITM cup semi-final playoff v Canterbury in Christchurch tomorrow arvo. So before the injuries, the exciting Piutau and Luatua would have warmed up with the AB’s and then sat in the stand in Dunedin in their blazers just to be part of the whole All Blacks experience while their fellow Auckland players battled a resurgent Canterbury earlier in the day without them. Well at least they will now get to run on during the test which although a dead rubber is being eagerly awaited.

  3. @out wide:

    Yeah AB’s are good like that with ‘none’ of their squad playing in the ITM unlike the Boks and the CC… although some coming back from injury like Vito have been playing…

    Hardly a ‘dead’ rubber though IMO… AB’s will beat the world record for most consecutive home victories from memory… and boy don’t the Wallabies need another good performance after smashing the Argies…

    Home advantage says it all according to the bookies… $6.3-1 for an upset… even a whopping $3-1 for a NZ win by only (1-12pts)… the latter has my interest…

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