Rugby Championship

All Blacks pick four as cover

2013-08-19 09:06
Colin Slade (Getty)
Wellington - New Zealand rugby's forgotten man, Colin Slade, was among four players called up on Monday to shore up the All Blacks' injury-hit squad ahead of Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against Australia.

Aaron Cruden (knee) and Beauden Barrett (calf) both emerged from New Zealand's 47-29 win over the Wallabies on Saturday nursing injuries, forcing coach Steve Hansen to look for other options at flyhalf in a squad already missing Dan Carter (calf).

Hansen drafted in Slade and the uncapped Tom Taylor to ensure the All Blacks have adequate cover at number 10 for the Wellington clash.

Slade was once regarded as Carter's heir apparent but a career plagued by injuries, including breaking his jaw twice, has seen Cruden take over that mantle.

He has played just 10 Tests, with his last appearance for the All Blacks coming at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, when he limped off with a groin injury in the quarter-final against Argentina.

The 25-year-old re-emerged as a force late in this year's Super Rugby season, doing enough to convince the Crusaders to sign him to replace Carter, who is sitting out the competition next year.

In the forwards, Hansen called up Luke Whitelock and Brad Shields to cover for Luke Romano, who suffered a groin injury in the Sydney Test, and Liam Messam, who was ruled out of the squad last week with a hamstring strain.

Read more on:    all blacks  |  colin slade  |  rugby

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Vote

Did the Springboks' performance against the All Blacks in Wellington change your belief in who will win the Rugby World Cup?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.