Rugby World Cup 2015: Waisake Naholo in New Zealand squad

Waisake Naholo
Waisake Naholo has represented New Zealand at Rugby Sevens
Rugby World Cup
Hosts: England and Wales Dates: 18 September-31 October
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and sports extra, plus live text commentary on every match on the BBC Sport website.

Waisake Naholo has been named in New Zealand's 31-man squad for the World Cup after recovering from a broken leg.

The top try scorer in Super Rugby this year suffered the injury on his Test debut against Argentina in July and was initially ruled out for three months.

But the 24-year-old wing is now expected to be fit in time for the third pool match against Georgia on 2 October after herbal treatment in Fiji.

Experienced pair Israel Dagg and Cory Jane miss out on the tournament.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has selected 17 forwards and 14 backs as his team defend the title they won on home soil in 2011.

Flanker Richie McCaw, 34, will captain the side in his fourth World Cup and could become the first player to lift the trophy for a second time.

"I think it will be the hardest World Cup ever," said Hansen.

"We believe we have selected players with the right mix of experience, X-factor, determination and mental strength."

"This is an exciting and talented group of players who are looking to do something that hasn't been done before - and make New Zealanders proud."

New Zealand squad:

Backs (14):

Back three: Ben Smith (Otago Highlanders), Julian Savea (Wellington Hurricanes), Nehe Milner-Skudder (Hurricanes), Waisake Naholo (Highlanders); Centres: Ma'a Nonu (Hurricanes), Conrad Smith (Hurricanes), Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders), Sonny Bill Williams (Waikato Chiefs); Fly-halves: Dan Carter (Canterbury Crusaders), Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes), Colin Slade (Crusaders); Scrum-halves: Aaron Smith (Highlanders), TJ Perenara (Hurricanes), Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs)

Forwards (17):

Props: Ben Franks (Hurricanes), Owen Franks (Crusaders), Charlie Faumuina (Blues), Tony Woodcock (Blues), Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders); Hookers: Dane Coles (Hurricanes), Keven Mealamu (Blues), Codie Taylor (Crusaders); Locks: Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), Sam Whitelock (Crusaders), Luke Romano (Crusaders); Back-rowers: Kieran Read (Crusaders), Richie McCaw (capt, Crusaders), Sam Cane (Chiefs), Victor Vito (Hurricanes), Jerome Kaino (Auckland Blues), Liam Messam (Chiefs).

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