Flashbacks of 'Suzy' for NZ

2012-11-29 14:11

London - New Zealand coach Steve Hansen expects to be able to retain his first-choice side for Saturday's international against England despite the squad falling victim to the virus sweeping Britain.

Only two members of the world champions' playing party have escaped the vomiting and diarrhoea bug, which first struck the tourists before Saturday's 33-10 win over Wales in Cardiff.

However, the All Blacks believe they have now come through the worst of the illness and Hansen is not anticipating making any late changes to his matchday 23 this weekend.

"It's been a difficult week because a lot of guys have been sick with diarrhoea and vomiting," Hansen said after naming his team on Thursday.

"Getting the mix right in training has been difficult. Hopefully, we have been smart enough to keep the tanks full to play well.

"There are only two players who have escaped the virus. It started in Wales and has just continued.

"Apparently, half the UK have got it. If you hang around the team hotel too long we will give it to you too. It's a present from the colonials," he joked, referring to the Kiwis former colonial masters, Britain.

No 8 Kieran Read, who suffered from the virus Wednesday, added: "Personally I'm feeling a lot better today. The boys had a good guided tour of the bathrooms yesterday on their day off.

"It's a 24-hour thing. It's just something you have to handle and we'll be all right for Saturday."

Hansen made three changes to his team, recalling star flyhalf Dan Carter following the Achilles and calf problems that kept him out against Wales.

Meanwhile Keven Mealamu returned following hooker Andrew Hore's suspension and lock Brodie Retallick was given a second row berth in place of Luke Romano.

New Zealand go into Saturday's Test on a 20-match unbeaten run.



15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Mike Brown, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Alex Corbisiero

Substitutes: 16 David Paice, 17 David Wilson, 18 Mako Vunipola, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 James Haskell, 21 Danny Care, 22 Freddie Burns, 23 Jonathan Joseph

New Zealand:

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock

Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Victor Vito, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Ben Smith


  • braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-11-29 14:32

    hahaha ou "Suzi" a legend in her own right for something that didnt happen.

  • bruce.marcovich - 2012-11-29 14:36

    Should have done the same in 95, get the info out before the game as opposed to after.

  • jerome.appollis.1 - 2012-11-29 14:43

    Ook maar sensi'tiewe' oukies ne

  • cape.maori - 2012-11-29 14:54

    We all know what happened in 95 when the bokkies managed to steal the win with "Suzi". A hollow victory, like in 2007 when the bokkies did not face the big guns. So typical of the bokkies to resort to such ploys. "Suzi" was even confirmed in an autobiography, so pointless to deny that it happened. I'm not surprise that the Poms resort to similar stuff - probably the South African influence in the squad. Go All Blacks, klap the Poms!!!

      jan.ferreira.5 - 2012-11-29 15:18

      En hoekom sal jy sê het die Bokke in 2007 die "Big Guns", soos jy sê , gemis? Ek sal jou se hoekom. .......Omdat jou jou "Big Guns" uitgeval het teen teen die ander "Big Guns", en so het Suid Afrika die Big Gun gebly, na hulle in 2006 die Leeus en die Tri Nations gewen het. Onthou jy nou ? Die All Blacks was nooit n faktor in 2007 nie.

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-11-29 15:30

      whose autobiography? suzi or some kiwi sheep shagga...... was it also suzi's hand that forced the all blacks loss in 2007

      Wayne - 2012-11-29 15:39

      Agggg cape.maori, nobody cares anymore, really. Jeeez, how old are you? Having a grudge this long is not healthy. I pity your so called friends.

      brian.dureuck - 2012-11-29 16:00

      cape maori .... 3 or 4 NZ okes had a bit of a upset stumic .... 2 or 3 boks played with broken bones (joost & andre Joubert) ..

      blip.noodlum - 2012-11-29 18:35

      The autobiography of a white South African -- Rory Steyn. The trusted and respected former head of security for none other than President Nelson Mandela. He confirmed the deliberate poisoning of the All Blacks by the SA hosts. Suzie was real.

      Caleb - 2012-11-29 21:42

      I read that too Blip, of course most people on here will just ignore that very credible piece of evidence, and Brian, it wasnt 3 or 4, it was 3 quarters of the starting XV.

      jean.wet.1 - 2012-11-30 12:10

      Funny how you consider an autobiography probably thought Lance Armstrong's 2000 biography was also credible.

  • grant.butler.104 - 2012-11-29 17:09

    Probably just a bit of wishful thinking on my part.....but English by 3 ....

  • warren.mudge.5 - 2012-11-29 17:16

    Hey guys, ignore this Cape Maori fella. Check his Facebook page. I saw he went to Queens College and mistakenly thought it was the one in Queenstown who together with Selborne and Dale are the great rugby playing schools in the Border region. Turns out it is in New York where they think RU is some barbaric ball game played by foreigners. He works in NZ so grant him his passion for his team. In his view they are gods who never lose or who were fiddled out of winning if they do lose. Please explain the Cape part of your name as I believe we are all presuming you live and work in the city in the shadow of Table Mountain.

      Caleb - 2012-11-29 21:44

      'In his view they are gods who never lose or who were fiddled out of winning if they do lose.' aaaahhhh.... You may want to check previous articles on SA losses plus the constant bitching of refs whenever SA loses. Think youve got your wires crossed there bud, its SA that cries foul everytime they lose.

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