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Williams ruled out of Italy Test
June 25, 2009
Ali Williams rumbles forwards during the All Blacks win over Ireland at Croke Park, November 15 2008
Ali Williams will have to wait for his international comeback © Getty Images
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Players/Officials: Marco Bortolami | Isaac Ross | Ali Williams
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Teams: Italy | New Zealand

  • All Blacks lock Ali Williams will miss Saturday's Test against Italy in Christchurch after pulling up at training. Williams, who is recovering from an Achilles injury, limped out of training at Rugby Park and will be replaced in the starting XV by Isaac Ross, with Bryn Evans coming onto the bench.

    All Blacks doctor Deb Robinson said: "It's disappointing for Ali and over the next 48 hours we will determine the next best course of action as far as his injury management is concerned."

    Ross's physicality has been called in to question by onlookers, including Italian lock Marco Bortolami, but the young second-row was given a vote of confidence by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

    "He was better muscularly in the (second test) than he was at Super 14 level," Hansen said. "He was involved in more breakdowns. It's still an area I'd like to see him get better at but there's a number of guys I'd like to see get better at the breakdown. I think he's done as much as we could expect of him at this stage."

  • The Italian Rugby Union (FIR) have talked up their bid for the 2015 or 2019 Rugby World Cup as they prepare to present their vision for the tournament to the New Zealand Rugby Union. The two successful nations are expected to be announced by the International Rugby Board (IRB) on July 28, with Japan, England and South Africa also bidding for the right to host the sport's global showpiece.

    "We're serious, we know how to handle major sports events, we would love to have rugby glory in the country as a whole," FIR board member Andrea Rinaldo said. "It would send a clear and positive message about the globalisation of rugby."

  • Magners League games will continue to be televised on BBC Wales and S4C until 2014 after a new four-year deal was agreed with Celtic rugby. Fans in Wales will be able to watch live games featuring the Welsh Regions on Friday evenings on BBC Two Wales' Scrum V Live and on Saturday evenings on S4C due to the renewed deal.

    The current contract runs out at the end of next season but the new contract will run from season 2010-11 through to season 2013-14.

  • After leaving his post as Scotland head coach in April, Frank Hadden has confirmed that he has severed all ties with the Scottish Rugby Union. Hadden's place at the head of Scottish rugby has since been taken by former Edinburgh and England boss Andy Robinson.

    "It was a huge honour to be invited to coach the Scotland U16s in 1992 and it has been a privilege to work with Scottish players at all levels since then. Everyone knows that coaching our National XV is a tough job but I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take up the challenge and wish Andy Robinson the best of luck," he said. "I have been coaching professional rugby since the end of the amateur era and it's time now to take a step back and review what I do next."

  • The RFU has confirmed that it has investigated the circumstances surrounding London Welsh's slide in to administration and will take any necessary action once the full intentions of their potential new investors become clear.

    "The RFU was advised of the appointment of an Administrator at London Welsh on Tuesday June 23 and is acting quickly to establish all the facts and consult with the various parties involved together with those who may be affected," read a statement. "RFU Chief Executive Francis Baron and Legal Officer Karena Vleck met the club's Administrator, Tenon Recovery, and the major shareholder, Kelvin Bryon, on Wednesday June 24 and they will be meeting the new investment consortium who are negotiating to take a controlling stake in London Welsh on Monday June 29.

    "The RFU is also in dialogue with the Championship clubs and are considering the various scenarios and associated options with a view to taking any decisions necessary within a short and defined timescale. It would be inappropriate to comment on what those options might be until conclusion of our investigations and consultation. When we are in a position to comment further we will do so."

  • The 1999 Rugby World Cup-winning Wallabies side will make an on-field appearance on Saturday ahead of the current Wallabies' Test against France, their opponents at the Millennium Stadium ten years ago.


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