Rugby World Cup 2011: News round-up
2011 RUGBY WORLD CUP IN NEW ZEALAND
- 11 (nine in North Island, two in South)
- Fri 9 Sept - Sun 23 Oct
- From 0100 BST - 0930 BST
- Scores & reports on BBC Sport website plus live text commentaries on home nations and other major games; updates on BBC Radio 5 live; watch on ITV; commentary on talkSPORT
A round-up of the latest news, views and gossip from the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
Latest: Ireland have picked Ronan O'Gara at fly-half and Conor Murray at scrum-half for their crucial final pool match with Italy in Dunedin on Sunday. O'Gara, man-of-the-match in the 62-12 victory over Russia, has held off the challenge of Jonathan Sexton while Munster team-mate Murray is preferred to Eoin Reddan.
Full-back Andrea Masi returns to the Italy side for Sunday's clash at Otago Stadium after recovering from injury. He takes over from Luke McLean in the only change for the Azzurri, who need to win to qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time in their history.
Graham Henry quipped that he must have a touch of "madness" in him to reach a milestone of 100 Test matches in charge of the All Blacks, against Canada on Sunday. "It's special and I'm very proud of that," said Henry, who has won 84 of his 99 Tests in charge since 2004. "To do that 100 times is also special but probably also a sign of madness as well. It's a privilege to be involved in the most successful sporting team in the history of sport over 110 years."
Kieran Read returns at number eight after injury as New Zealand make seven changes for their final pool game against Canada on Sunday. Sunday's Pool A game against Canada. Full-back Mils Muliaina, winning his 99th cap, centre Sonny Bill Williams, winger Zac Guildford, scrum-half Jimmy Cowan, hooker Andrew Hore and lock Ali Williams also come into the side.
Goal-kicking full-back James Pritchard will miss Canada's final pool match against the All Blacks in Wellington. Pritchard picked up a knock to the head in Tuesday's 23-23 draw with Japan and will be replaced by Matt Evans, who switches from the wing. Conor Trainor comes off the bench to take Evans' spot in what is otherwise a full-strength Canadian team.
Georgia, buoyed by pulling off just their second World Cup win, have made six changes as they aim to leave the tournament on a high against Argentina. Lasha Khmaladze moves from full back to fly-half with Malkhaz Urjukashvili coming in at 15 alongside Lekso Gugava on the right wing. Mamuka "Godzilla" Gorgodze shifts to number eight to make way for Viktor Kolelishvili at flanker while Levan Datunashvili, Akvsenti Giorgadze and Vasil Kakovin joined a revamped front five.