Trio back for All Blacks
September 19, 2011
Richie McCaw played against Tonga in the opening match before suffering a calf injury © Getty Images
All Blacks stars Richie McCaw, Dan Carter and Mils Muliaina all took part in training on Monday - raising hopes that they will be available for New Zealand's clash with France on Saturday.
New Zealand skipper McCaw has been struggling with a sore calf muscle which forced him to withdraw from the team to face Japan last Friday, denying him his 100th Test. Carter was also supposed to start against the Japanese but he was replaced in that game by Colin Slade after complaining of a sore back. Meanwhile fullback Mils Muliaina has been recovering from a hamstring injury.
All Blacks assistant coach Wayne Smith confirmed that they had all taken some part in training on Monday ahead of New Zealand's crucial Pool A game against France at Eden Park on Saturday.
Smith said: "Richie had quite a big session, Daniel got through a bit of work today. (He is) still not 100 (percent), but he got through a pretty good training run. Mils got through a lot more sharply than he has done in the last few weeks."
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