24 Aug 2011

Vito says the past week has been surreal

6:37 am on 24 August 2011

The Wellington loose forward Victor Vito says he's still struggling to believe he's in the All Blacks World Cup squad.

The late callup of Vito is the major talking points of an otherwise expected All Blacks World Cup squad named by coach Graham Henry in Brisbane this afternoon.

Vito wasn't inlcluded in the original Tri-Nations squad and was brought into the team for their match against South Africa in Port Elizabeth, where he played 11 minutes off the bench.

His inclusion comes at Liam Messam's expense.

Wingers Hosea Gear and Sitiveni Sivivatu, lock Jarrad Hoeata and prop Wyatt Crockett were all dropped from the squad that had played some part in the Tri-Nations, with openside flanker Richie McCaw to lead the team in his third World Cup.

The full squad is:

Richie McCaw, captain, Kieran Read, Adam Thomson, Jerome Kaino, Victor Vito, Brad Thorn, Sam Whitelock, Ali Williams, Anthony Boric, Keven Mealamu, Andrew Hore, Corey Flynn, Tony Woodcock, Owen Franks, Ben Franks, John Afoa.

In the backs Mils Muliaina, Israel Dagg, Isaia Toeava, Cory Jane, Zac Guildford, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Richard Kahui, Daniel Carter, Colin Slade, Jimmy Cowan, Piri Weepu, Andy Ellis.