Trio on track to meet France

2011-09-19 10:17

Christchurch - New Zealand assistant coach Wayne Smith says injured stars Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Mils Muliaina trained on Monday and should be available to play France in the World Cup this week.

The trio was named to play Japan last Friday, but all withdraw two days before the match after hurting themselves in training.

McCaw, who was going to play his 100th test against Japan, complained of a sore calf muscle, Carter his back, and Muliaina his hamstring.

Smith says "Richie had quite a big session, Daniel got through a bit of work today. (He is) still not 100 (percent), but he got through a pretty good training run. Mils got through a lot more sharply than he has done in the last few weeks."

The All Blacks play France on Saturday at Eden Park in the likely decider for the winner of Pool A.


  • jk - 2011-09-19 10:28

    wp by 7...

      Zip23 - 2011-09-19 10:32

      ek dink die cheeters gaan julle gatte skop saterdag

      jk - 2011-09-19 10:46

      wp by 7, france by 8...

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-19 14:22

      Zip.. no ifs, buts or maybes

  • Zip23 - 2011-09-19 10:31

    Jeez, the pressure these 3 guys are under must make them want to run away. its been building for years now. But theyll run over France, no question.

      jk - 2011-09-19 10:47

      nz will win on sat, but there is no point winning the group match if you cannot win the cup..

      Zip23 - 2011-09-19 10:50

      important step in the right direction though?

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-19 12:09

      Zip World Cup history has shown that no team that lost a game in the pool stages ever lifted Bill. Momentum is key in the world cup, who ever wants to win the World Cup must win every game.

  • Ya Beauty! - 2011-09-19 10:54

    France by 1

  • BlueRaven - 2011-09-19 11:37

    Go Les Bleus! Kick some kiwi ass!

      jk - 2011-09-19 13:45

      raven- no you thinking for the first time in your short little life...

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-19 13:47

      jk I will only support them when they are playing the All Blacks :) My support is solidly behind the Bokke.

      jk - 2011-09-19 14:19

      waste of time..

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