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
“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.