New Zealand center David Havili is expected to miss the entire Rugby World Cup after suffering a serious hamstring injury in Super Rugby Pacific over the weekend. Havili was limping in the Canterbury Crusaders’ home win over the New South Wales Waratahs last weekend and will likely need two months to recover, the Crusaders said. Rugby World Cup fans can buy New Zealand Vs Uruguay Tickets from our website.
The All Blacks will begin their Rugby Championship campaign against Argentina on 8 July. Crusaders teammate Cullen Grace, who lost one Test, was ruled out for the remainder of the Super Rugby season with a dislocated patella.
“Both are out of the Super campaign, unfortunately Crusaders coach Scott Robertson told New Zealand media on Thursday about Havili and Grace. Very disappointed for them, they are such a big contributor to our team and really important parts of it.”
With one more round of the regular season ahead of the playoffs, the runners-up Crusaders have already lost All Blacks defensemen Fletcher Newell, Joe Moody and George Bauer, as well as forward Seva Rees before the end of the campaign.
On Saturday, the defending champions take on the Wellington Hurricanes on the road, having already booked a place in the top four and secured home advantage in the quarterfinals. The Crusaders are looking to extend their Super Rugby dynasty into a seventh straight year under outgoing coach Robertson, who will lead the All Blacks after the France Rugby World Cup.
Robertson’s eventual successor will face the challenge of resurrecting a South Island team that could lose a string of champions after the Rugby World Cup. Former All Blacks Lock captain and veteran Sam Whitelock confirmed a move to French club Pau on Thursday, where he will reunite with his younger brother and lose striker Luke. All Blacks forward Richie Mounga is also leaving the Crusaders to play in Japan next season.
Retiring Coles returns for likely home send-off in Wellington
Retiring Wellington Hurricanes prostitute Dane Cowles will try to let her emotions out when the All Blacks veteran is likely to say goodbye to home supporters against the Canterbury Crusaders on Saturday. After missing about six weeks with a concussion and calf problems, the 36-year-old was immediately back in the starting lineup against the champions Super Rugby Pacific, ready to rush into the playoffs for the Hurricanes.
Playing in 138 games in 15 seasons, the edgy, bearded Coles has quite a few good memories, not least of captaining the team to its only Super Rugby Championship in 2016. On Saturday, however, the Hurricanes still have a slim chance of returning to Wellington for the quarter-finals next week.
To do this, they will need to overthrow the Crusaders and then hope that the Melbourne Rebels can upset the fourth-placed ACT Brumbies in Canberra. I tried to get the emotion out of him. It’s cool to be back, but I’m not trying to turn it into a fabulous send-off or anything like that, Coles told New Zealand media.
“I’m a guy who likes to stay in the background, but I guess there was a bit of reflection this week, looking back at the memories and the people I’ve played with.”
In February, Coles revealed his plans to retire at the end of the 2023 season, but he is still looking to add to his 84 Test appearances and earn selection for France’s third RWC. He competed in the 2015 triumph in England and the semi-finals in Japan in 2019. Rugby World Cup fans can buy Rugby World Cup 2023 Tickets from our website.
His grip on the All Blacks’ No. 2 jersey has loosened in recent years, but he has remained an assistant in tight second halves and has been a constant nuisance to opposing teams. If the World Cup fails, he will not regret it.
“My contract was coming to an end and my mind and body had suffered a bit, he said. After this year, I thought I had nothing to give and was very pleased with my decision.”
While many teammates traveled to Japan and Europe on lucrative contracts to replenish their bank accounts before retiring, Coles stayed close to home. Retiring in New Zealand was pretty cool, just playing for teams that I really enjoyed playing for and that meant a lot to me growing up, he said. I moved home, settled down, my kids go to school, and my family has played a huge role. To be honest, I think I’m a little homey.
All Blacks star Aaron Smith names his all-time dream team
Aaron Smith’s dream team, made up of players he played with or against, could compete with any team from any generation of rugby. One of the best midfielders in the modern game, Smith fires up defenders with his bullet-like passing, widely regarded as one of the best in the world of rugby, while strengthening the defensive lines with a crunchy tackle.
In 2008, Smith was part of the New Zealand Under-20 team that won the World Junior Championship in Wales and in 2010, associated with Ngati Kahungunu, Smith made his debut with the Māori All Blacks. Smith quickly established himself as the All Blacks’ top linebacker in a highly competitive environment, playing 13 Tests in his rookie season in 2012. He missed just one test match in 2017 and became the All Blacks’ highest-scoring linebacker of all time 2018.
Super rugby champion with the Highlanders in 2015, in 2014 Smith was recognized with the Tom French Memorial Trophy as Māori Player of the Year for his performances with both the All Blacks and the Highlanders. Smith led the All Blacks for the first time in a Test match against Fiji in Dunedin in July 2021. He also made his 100th Test for the All Blacks that year against Australia at Eden Park.
15 Ben Smith: Mr Calm. Fearless in attack and defence and massive work rate.
14 Shane Williams : Speed kills and add his foot work! Changed the game.
11 Jonah Lomu : A superstar. And what he did at the 1995 World Cup no one will forget.
13 Brian O’Driscoll: Just had it all! Speed, power, vision.
10 Dan Carter: The perfect 10.
1 Tony Woodcock: World-class prop, could do it all.
2 Bismarck du Plessis: Beast! Could ball-carry, offload, big hits and jackal.
3 Carl Hayman: Big man who moved well and owned the set piece.
4 Victor Matfield: Lineout guru, good ball-carrier and leadership
5 Brodie Retallick: Tough, competes for everything. High skill player with massive rugby IQ. Deadly mix.
6 Thierry Dusautoir: Tough, strong and a beast over the ball.
7 Richie McCaw: The GOAT.
8 Duane Vermeulen: His nickname is Thor. Enough said!
Uruguay Rugby World Cup squad 2023
The Uruguay national rugby team, after qualifying, will take part in its fifth tournament. Uruguay beat the United States 50-34 on aggregate to secure the spot. Their best result at the World Championship is one win, they did it at the 1999, 2003 and 2019 competitions. They will strive to improve and get two wins, but they are in a difficult pool.
They will play three-time winners New Zealand and host France, as well as Italy and Namibia. It would be a shame if any country other than New Zealand or France made it into the last eight of the pool.
Uruguay Rugby World Cup 2023 squad
This section on squad selection will be updated with Uruguay’s full squad as soon as the first one is officially announced by the Uruguayan Rugby Union.
Uruguay Rugby World Cup Pool
Uruguay are in Group A of the Rugby World Cup along with New Zealand, France, Italy and Namibia. The playoffs will follow the same format as in previous years, with teams from pools A and B and then from pools C and D meeting in the quarter-finals. So, for example, Uruguay and Scotland could meet in the last eight.
Rugby World Cup Quarter Final 1 – Winner Pool C v Runner-up Pool D
Rugby World Cup Quarter Final 2 – Winner Pool B v Runner-up Pool A
Rugby World Cup Quarter Final 3 – Winner Pool D v Runner-up Pool C
Rugby World Cup Quarter Final 4 – Winner Pool A v Runner-up Pool B