All Blacks call in Donald and Gear for Slade, Muliaina

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    The All Blacks have announced that Stephen Donald and Hosea Gear will be called into the squad to cover for the injured Mils Muliaina (shoulder) and Colin Slade (groin).

    All Blacks management have confirmed the replacements, with Slade and Muliaina in grave doubt for the final should their teammates win their way through to face either France or Wales.

    However, with the Wallabies the first task, the much-maligned Donald is an unlikely proposition coming in from the cold.

    Injuries have left New Zealand Rugby Union selectors little choice and the former first five-eight may see some minutes from the bench behind third-string flyhalf Aaron Cruden.

    Slade suffered a similar groin injury that prematurely ended Dan Carter’s World Cup, while Muliaina’s 100th test was spoiled by an injury to his left shoulder, forced to leave the field midway through the match.

    Tristan Rayner
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    Tristan is a writer, consultant, racing enthusiast and former Editor of The Roar who has turned the Melbourne Cup into a year-round study via

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    • October 10th 2011 @ 2:01pm
      Weka said | October 10th 2011 @ 2:01pm | ! Report

      The Stephen Donald Redemption Story has potential to be one of the best sports has ever seen. It’s going to be glorious.

      • October 10th 2011 @ 6:54pm
        johnny-boy said | October 10th 2011 @ 6:54pm | ! Report

        You’re in the comedy section Weka. Horror movies are next aisle along

    • October 10th 2011 @ 2:04pm
      Frank O'Keeffe said | October 10th 2011 @ 2:04pm | ! Report

      This is the best news I’ve heard all week. Stephen Donald playing for the All Blacks. Are there six better words put together in the rugby world?

      Let Quade Cooper and Stephen Donald play and watch the hilarity.

      Maybe that’s harsh on Quade. He does good things from time to time, but he looks nervy and uncertain this World Cup.

      • October 10th 2011 @ 2:06pm
        Weka said | October 10th 2011 @ 2:06pm | ! Report

        Even the Duck doesn’t have the potential to be as bad as QC was yesterday.

        • October 10th 2011 @ 4:35pm
          johnny-boy said | October 10th 2011 @ 4:35pm | ! Report

          Oh yes he does ……

      • October 10th 2011 @ 4:08pm
        Chuck said | October 10th 2011 @ 4:08pm | ! Report

        Duck is in the squad I would be very surprised if he actually gets any game time.
        Aaron or Piri will start at ten the other playing back up. Donald will only likely come into the equation if AC or PW are injured

    • October 10th 2011 @ 2:11pm
      ohtani's jacket said | October 10th 2011 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

      Stephen Donald has a 6-1 record against the Wallabies. Fear the Duck.

      • October 10th 2011 @ 2:14pm
        Jerry said | October 10th 2011 @ 2:14pm | ! Report

        Also, Duck & Cruden have 100% records starting against the Wallabies. Basically, the Wallabies are screwed now.

        • October 10th 2011 @ 2:15pm
          ohtani's jacket said | October 10th 2011 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

          Old Lordy’s gonna be working overtime on the statistics this week.

        • October 10th 2011 @ 4:37pm
          johnny-boy said | October 10th 2011 @ 4:37pm | ! Report

          It’s true it’s true we are no chance ! Lovin it.

      • October 10th 2011 @ 4:35pm
        johnny-boy said | October 10th 2011 @ 4:35pm | ! Report

        Fear the Duck – now that is gold !

    • October 10th 2011 @ 2:15pm
      Jerry said | October 10th 2011 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

      But it’s about time a Gear brother made a WC squad.

    • Roar Rookie

      October 10th 2011 @ 2:20pm
      2many1ndians said | October 10th 2011 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

      Why Gear?
      I can understand he’s a great player and was surprised he didn’t make the squad originally, but aren’t our wing stocks ok?

      • October 10th 2011 @ 2:25pm
        Jerry said | October 10th 2011 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

        Well, they’ve got Jane & Dagg to cover fullback and it’s not as if there’s much in the way of other options.

      • October 10th 2011 @ 4:09pm
        Chuck said | October 10th 2011 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

        As Jerry said we have more than ample FB cover and Hosea being a specialist wing it made sense.

    • October 10th 2011 @ 2:20pm
      Sprigs said | October 10th 2011 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

      Even before the game, there was talk from a NZ newsroom (as posted last week on the Roar by yours truly) that Mr Slade had a groin injury.

      I wonder if they thought he could play through it.

      • October 10th 2011 @ 4:32pm
        Pierce said | October 10th 2011 @ 4:32pm | ! Report

        Well done Sprigs. You certainly know your groins.

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          October 10th 2011 @ 6:25pm
          Seiran said | October 10th 2011 @ 6:25pm | ! Report

          LOL, Classic!

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