15 Aug 2009

Wellington refuse to bow to pressure from rugby hierarchy

7:04 am on 15 August 2009

Wellington's refused to bow to pressure from rugby's hierarchy and steadfastly stuck their plan not to play their All Blacks in this weekend's Air New Zealand cup match against Bay of Plenty.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry is far from happy over Jamie Joseph's decision to leave Cory Jane, Neemia Tialata, Piri Weepu and Rodney So'oialo out of the starting lineup.

A dozen All Blacks have have been released to play for their provinces before the next weekend's Bledisloe Cup test against Australia in Sydney.

Joseph says including the international players will disrupt his side, as they're not around long enough before returning to international duty.

Cory Jane has expressed his disappointment at not playing and even suggested being loaned to another province.

Weepu ruled himself out of the picture yesterday at the All Blacks training camp in Auckland where he injured his ankle while centre Conrad Smith was already out through injury.

Rodney So'oialo has been included in the reserves, but only as he's filling an injury enforced vacancy.

Jane and prop Neemia Tialata are set to play for Wellington B against Horowhenua-Kapiti.