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Marshall calls for expats to play All Blacks
Justin Marshall has called for an expatriate side to play the All Blacks
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- Former All Black Justin Marshall has called for the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) to assemble an expatriate side to play New Zealand on home soil. Marshall, who won 81 caps for the All Blacks and played his final Test against the British & Irish Lions in 2005, believes that the current Barbarians tour to Australia could pave the way for such a game.
Marshall started at scrum-half as the Baa-Baas defeated England at Twickenham on Saturday and is relishing the chance to bring something different to the southern hemisphere when they take on Australia at Sydney Football Stadium on Saturday.
"The Barbarians are hopefully giving the southern hemisphere something different, something they're not used to seeing," he said. "If that can progress to an expat team or a world team, I think it's great for rugby. It might be something that could be great in New Zealand; could the Barbarians or a team like that go there and play the All Blacks?
"When I left in 2005, the Lions was something different for New Zealand, they hadn't seen it in 12 years and the country was abuzz. To see players of this calibre here is great for Australian rugby and it can only be good for New Zealand rugby."
- Highlanders and All Black flanker Adam Thomson has been cleared of assualt charges relating to an incident at a Havelock North motel in December.
Thomson had been involved in an argument with New Zealand TV presenter Joanna Holley, who subsequntly called the police. In court however, Holley admitted that she had overreacted whilst under the influence of alcohol and witnesses confirmed that Thomson had in fact attempted to walk away from the argument despite provocation.
Rugby league side Warrington Wolves have signed Munster's Brian Carney after the Irishman switched codes for the second time.
The winger has signed for the remainder of the 2009 Super League season and will join up with the squad at the end of June once his commitments to the Irish Rugby Union are completed. The 32-year-old represented Great Britain and Ireland in League up until 2006 before he switched codes and joined Munster.
He was immediately called up to the Ireland national team for the game against Argentina and scored a try on his debut in Santa Fe before he was selected for the 2007 World Cup squad. Carney represented his country four times and also played 20 times for Munster, scoring five times for the province.
- Flanker Josh Sole has become the latest player to withdraw from the Italy squad to tour Australia and New Zealand due to a wrist injury. The 38-times capped Sole has been replaced by the uncapped Paul Derbyshire and joins Martin Castrogiovanni, Simon Picone and Andrea Marcato on the treatment table.
- Auckland-based coach Brian Evans has taken over as coach of the Black Ferns, New Zealand's women's rugby team. Evans succeeds Dale Atkins, who went two years unbeaten at the helm.
- Lock Robert Sidoli and prop Jason Hobson are set to leave Bristol after being omitted from their squad for the 2009-10 Championship season. Former Wales international Sidoli has been linked with Magners League side Newport Gwent Dragons.
- Saracens prop Nick Lloyd has left the club by mutual consent. Lloyd, 32, made 98 appearances for the club before sustaining a season-ending calf injury against Sale in March.
- Glasgow Warriors have confirmed the signing of prop Ed Kalman and centre Peter Murchie ahead of next season. Kalman joins the Magners League side for the second time while former Bath player Murchie is hoping to push his international claims for Scotland.
- The Ospreys have been boosted by the news that fullback Gareth Owen will be fit in time for pre-season. Owen was forced to pull out of the Wales squad to tour Canada and the USA due to an Achilles injury but should only be sidelined for a fortnight.
- Exeter Chiefs have signed winger Mark Foster from Gloucester ahead of the new Championship season. Foster joined Gloucester's academy as an 18-year-old and scored 24 tries in 84 appearances while at Kingsholm.
- Former Ireland international Reverend Ronnie Craig has died aged 93. Craig won two caps for Ireland in 1938 and was their oldest surviving international.