14 Jul 2009

All Black team naming delayed until Wednesday

6:07 am on 14 July 2009

The All Black coaches have delayed until tomorrow the naming of their side to take on Australia in the opening Bledisloe Cup-Tri Nations match at Eden Park this weekend.

It seems natural that those players who missed the recent matches against France and Italy, Richie McCaw, Andrew Hore, Rodney So'oialo and Sitiveni Sivivatu, will walk back into the side and so the delay is likely to be around the troublesome first-five-eight position.

Stephen Donald and Luke McAlister both failed to dominate at the position and they both suffered injuries, however they trained in Auckland yesterday.

The Bledisloe Cup was in a prime position at yesterday's team meeting, a reminder of what is now at stake.