28 Sep 2007

Injured lock to make first appearance at Rugby World Cup

9:47 am on 28 September 2007

Injury troubled lock Keith Robinson will play his first game at the Rugby World Cup in France, named in the All Blacks starting line-up for their final Pool C game against Romania tomorrow in Toulouse.

Jerry Collins will once again lead the team, as he did against Portugal.

In the pack Chris Masoe shifts to openside flanker to accommodate Collins.

In the backs Dan Carter and Sitiveni Sivivatu have earned consecutive starts while replacement full back Nick Evans will start in the number 15 jersey.

Coach Graham Henry says while everyone was available for the match the selectors opted to rest Mils Muliaina , nursing a hamstring injury, and Leon MacDonald who has a bruised thigh

The team is:

1 Neemia Tialata 2 Keven Mealamu 3 Greg Somerville 4 Reuben Thorne 5 Keith Robinson 6 Jerry Collins (captain) 7 Chris Masoe 8 Sione Lauaki 9 Andy Ellis 10 Dan Carter 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu 12 Aaron Mauger 13 Isaia Toeava 14 Josevata Rokocoko 15 Nick Evans