Duo omitted by Henry
Last Updated: 19/07/10 10:22am
New Zealand coach Graham Henry has opted to omit Liam Messam and Rene Ranger from his squad for the Australia leg of the Tri-Nations.
Ranger misses out to the fit-again Joe Rokocoko despite scoring on his first Test start against South Africa, while Victor Vito replaces Messam.
Scrum-half Alby Mathewson has been placed on stand-by for Piri Weepu, whose wife is due to give birth.
Meanwhile Henry has released John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Aaron Cruden, Israel Dagg, Corey Flynn, Benson Stanley and Vito to play in ITM Cup pre-season matches.
New Zealand - Forwards: John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Tom Donnelly, Corey Flynn, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu, Kieran Read, Brad Thorn, Victor Vito, Samuel Whitelock, Tony Woodcock.
Backs: Daniel Carter, Jimmy Cowan, Aaron Cruden, Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Mils Muliaina, Ma'a Nonu, Josevata Rokocoko, Conrad Smith, Benson Stanley, Piri Weepu. Alby Mathewson on standby.