Thu Oct 27 13:13:42 SAST 2016

Bumper international rugby fest for fans

By Bruce Fraser | Jun 25, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

IT'S not just the Boks and Italy in rugby action tomorrow.

IT'S not just the Boks and Italy in rugby action tomorrow.

New Zealand's All Blacks get things under way in Hamilton (at 9.35am SA time) with their second Test against Wales in as many weeks.

The All Blacks, comfortable 42-9 winners last week, have been battling with a string of injuries to key players but have managed to stay one step ahead of the opposition so far this season.

All Black coach Graham Henry will be calling on the experience of captain Richie McCaw, stalwart Brad Thorn and Kevin Mealamu up front, while Dan Carter will be marshalling the backline.

Wales will battle to bounce back from last week's hiding after their defensive frailties were exposed.

Henry is relieved to have Carter back at his best after a long layoff because of an Achilles injury.

The coach said: "He's got his running game back, his goal kicking is superb, his kicking in the first Test was pinpoint, got us into the right areas and he's a great defender on top of that. Is there anything I missed?"

Elsewhere tomorrow, Australia will be up against Ireland in Brisbane, Australia, at lunchtime.

Australia, pipped at the post by England via a late Jonny Wilkinson penalty to go down 20-21 last weekend, should have too much firepower for Ireland.

In Buenos Aires at 8.45pm, Argentina and France slug it out in the last game of the day. - additional reporting Sapa-AFP


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