Wednesday 13 December 2017

Waisake Naholo to make World Cup debut for All Blacks

New Zealand winger Waisake Naholo will make his Rugby World Cup debut among 10 changes to the starting line-up for the Pool C match against Georgia tomorrow .

Captain Richie McCaw (left) will win his 145th cap and Dan Carter starts at flyhalf.

"We've selected what we think is the best 23 for this test match and reflects where we currently are with our progress in the Rugby World Cup," coach Steve Hansen said. "We're looking forward to seeing Waisake back on the track, he's been jumping out of his skin at training and I'm sure he can't wait for game day."

New Zealand will book their quarter-final place if they beat Georgia in the first ever game between the sides. Centre Ma'a Nonu (shoulder), utility back Colin Slade (hamstring), flanker Liam Messam (calf) and flyhalf Beauden Barrett were not considered due to injuries.

"While it's disappointing to have Beauden, Colin, Ma'a and Liam unavailable for selection, their injuries are minor and they're all expected to be available for selection next week," Hansen said.

"Although we don't know a lot about Georgia, we know enough," Hansen added.

"They're big, strong athletes and should contribute to what will be a great occasion at Millennium Stadium."

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