23 Aug 2011

Sport: Bulk of Rugby World Cup squads named

11:38 am on 23 August 2011


Alastair Kellock will lead a Scotland squad missing his Glasgow teammate Johnnie Beattie, who's chances were hampered by a shoulder problem.

Fellow loose forwards David Denton and Robert Harley also missed out while Scotland's most-capped player and record scorer, Chris Paterson, is set to become the first Scot to appear in four World Cups, after being included.


Japan's squad has an international flavour with ten foreign imports included, among them New Zealand-born stand-off James Arlidge and full back Shaun Webb, as well as players from Tonga, Australia and Samoa

John Kirwan has selected Takashi Kikutani as his captain and says its important for Japan to use foreign players to help the team get better.

He's targeting two wins for the Brave Blossoms in New Zealand and says the team is very familiar with each other with a good mix of youth and experience.


The Toulouse flanker Thierry Dusautoir will skipper France's 30-strong Rugby World Cup squad.

Coach Marc Lievremont unveiled his list in Dublin the day after watching his side complete their match preparations with a 26-22 win over Ireland.

France will open against Japan in North Harbour on September 10 before taking on Canada, New Zealand and Tonga


South African backs Patrick Lambie and Francois Steyn have been cleared to play at the World Cup.

Lambie left the field with a shoulder injury 20 minutes into Sunday's Tri-Nations win over the All Blacks.

And Steyn is still recovering from a hamstring injury sustained against Australia two weeks ago.

But SARU medical staff say the duo will be fine by the tournament start.

Peter de Villiers will announce the World Cup holders' squad on Tuesday night.


Halfback Conor Murray has been named in Ireland coach Declan Kidney's 30-man squad at the expense of Munster teammate Tomas O'Leary.

Murray only made his test debut against France nine days ago, but he's been included in the team to travel to New Zealand with fellow scrum-halves Eoin Reddan and Isaac Boss.


Wales have announced their team and named the 22 year old Sam Warburton as their youngest World Cup captain.

Regular skipper Matthew Rees has been ruled out of the tournament following neck surgery.


And Lewis Moody's been confirmed as England captain despite concerns over a knee injury.

Riki Flutey was the highest profile omission from the Martin Johnson's squad...a casualty of the decision to take three halfbacks and five props with Matt Banahan, Mike Tindall and Toby Flood to provide cover at second five eighth.


Samoa have submitted their team to the IRB but it wont be publicly revealed until their leaving dinner this Sunday.


Tonga and the All Blacks, who will square off in the Rugby World Cup's opening match on September 9, will both name their 30 man squads on Tuesday.