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Naholo back for full-strength All Blacks

2015-09-30 13:18
Waisake Naholo (Getty Images)

Cardiff - Ten weeks after breaking his right leg, New Zealand wing Waisake Naholo will make his second Test appearance against Georgia at the Rugby World Cup on Friday.

Seeking a third straight win in Pool C, the All Blacks selected on Wednesday a full-strength team that included recalls for Richie McCaw as captain and flyhalf Dan Carter.

Naholo's return is the headline, though.

He sustained a hairline fracture to his fibula on debut for New Zealand on July 17 against Argentina in the Rugby Championship.

Treatment for the fracture has included a trip to Fiji for traditional healing from his uncle, including putting leaves on the leg.

The All Blacks rate him so highly that they selected Naholo in the squad despite him being injured.


New Zealand

15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Sonny Bill-Williams, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Carter, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Tony Woodcock, 18 Owen Franks, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 TJ Perenara, 23 Malakai Fekitoa



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