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Naholo back for New Zealand after broken leg on debut

Winger Waisake Naholo back for New Zealand at Rugby World Cup after recovering from broken leg

Naholo back for New Zealand after broken leg on debut

CARDIFF, Wales (AP) -- Ten weeks after breaking his right leg, New Zealand winger Waisake Naholo will make his second test appearance against Georgia at the Rugby World Cup on Friday.

Seeking a third straight win in Pool C, the All Blacks selected on Wednesday a full-strength team that included recalls for Richie McCaw as captain and flyhalf Dan Carter.

Naholo's return is the headline, though. He sustained a hairline fracture to his fibula on debut for New Zealand on July 17 against Argentina in the Rugby Championship. Treatment for the fracture has included a trip to Fiji for traditional healing from his uncle, including putting leaves on the leg.

The All Blacks rate him so highly that they selected Naholo in the squad despite him being injured.


New Zealand: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill-Williams, Julian Savea, Daniel Carter, Aaron Carter; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Jerome Kaino, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Charlie Faumuina, Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Owen Franks, Victor Vito, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Malakai Fekitoa.

Updated : 2021-09-17 15:39 GMT+08:00