24 Aug 2011

Sport: All Blacks decide World Cup squad

11:15 am on 24 August 2011

The All Blacks coach, Graham Henry, says the loss to the Springboks at the weekend decided the fate of several players when it came to announcing his World Cup squad.

The inclusion of Victor Vito at the expense of Liam Messam and the exclusion of wingers Hosea Gear and Sitiveni Sivivatu are the major talking points of the 30-strong squad.

Vito missed out on the original tri nations squad and only came in for match against the Springboks at the weekend where he played eleven minutes off the bench.

Henry concedes Messam played himself out of the World Cup squad with his performance in Port Elizabeth.

New Zealand's 30 man Rugby World Cup squad is:

Forwards: Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Adam Thomson, Jerome Kaino, Victor Vito, Brad Thorn, Sam Whitelock, Ali Williams, Anthony Boric, Keven Mealamu, Andrew Hore, Corey Flynn, Tony Woodcock, Owen Franks, Ben Franks, John Afoa.

Backs Mils Muliaina, Israel Dagg, Isaia Toeava, Cory Jane, Zac Guildford, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Richard Kahui, Daniel Carter, Colin Slade, Jimmy Cowan, Piri Weepu, Andy Ellis.