9 Nov 2016

Fallon out of World Cup qualifiers

2:50 pm on 9 November 2016

All Whites striker Rory Fallon has been ruled out of the team's OFC Stage Three Qualifiers against New Caledonia due to a family bereavement.

Rory Fallon in action for the All Whites

Rory Fallon in action for the All Whites Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 34-year-old forward, who is looking to help the team qualify for his second FIFA World Cup, will miss the team's home game against New Caledonia this Saturday and the away leg on November 15 in Kone.

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson said the team felt for Fallon and his family.

"It is obviously not the news you ever want to hear for a member of the team, so our thoughts go out to Rory and the Fallon family," said Hudson.

"Rory is a big part of this team both on and off the pitch and he will be missed. We wish him all the best."

Fallon will leave the team tonight to be with family and will not be replaced in the All Whites squad.