MX23RW : Thursday, September 20 15:17:40

New Zealand call up Stephen Donald and Hosea Gear

Fly-half Stephen Donald and winger Hosea Gear are called in to replace Colin Slade and Mils Muliaina.

Fly-half Stephen Donald and winger Hosea Gear have been called up to the All Blacks squad as replacements for injured Colin Slade and retired Mils Muliaina.

Slade was New Zealand's second-choice fly-half after Dan Carter, but he was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with an injury he sustained during the All Blacks' quarter-final victory over Argentina.

Muliaina injured his shoulder in the same match and announced later that he is retiring from international rugby.

Aaron Cruden, originally called into the squad to cover for Slade when Carter pulled out, now becomes New Zealand's starting fly-half, with Stephen Donald providing cover on the bench.

Hosea Gear narrowly missed out on a place in the original All Blacks selection, but now has the chance to shine as a replacement for Muliaina.

New Zeland face Australia in the semi-finals on Sunday, October 16.

Share this article now:
Rugby Union generic
Read Next:
Muliaina retires from international rugby
>

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Subscribe to our Newsletter


Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account