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MacDonald not in team after all

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, Tri Nations on 30 Jul 2008 at 07:17

Leon MacDonald has been ruled out of the All Black side for the Bledisloe Cup test against Australia this weekend, after initially being included in the Starting XV yesterday.

MacDonald has had to withdraw from Saturday’s Tri-Nations and Bledisloe cup test at Eden Park in Auckland because of head problems that have continued to dog him since he took a knock to the head in the loss to the Springboks in Dunedin back on July 12.

Ongoing concussion symptoms have resulted in the All Black management deciding to withdraw MacDonald although an announcement on his replacement is not expected until tomorrow.

The New Zealand team doctor Deb Robinson said MacDonald suffered a blow to the head during the 28-30 loss to South Africa.

According to Robinson MacDonald has continued showing signs of fatigue at team meetings and during training, indicating that he was still feeling the effects of the blow.

MacDonald who wasn’t in the team for last weekends test against Australia, but the reason for that absence also included, recovering from knee and elbow injuries.

MacDonald was included in the original All Black starting team announced yesterday, forcing Mils Muliaina to the wing and Anthony Tuitavake out of the team.

It remains to be seen if that forced change will be reversed after MacDonald’s exclusion

The selectors may restore that combination or could consider naming Rudi Wulf on the wing.


  • This could just be another little thing adding to the probability of the Aussies beating them in NZ as well.

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.07.08 08:01:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I think you meant to say not IN team there Oubaas… 😆

    This is not good though…we need New Zealand to try and force a draw here… 😎

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.07.08 08:17:34 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 2) :

    You get the day’s prize for spotting the deliberate mistake 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.07.08 08:37:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • There seems to real concern for his career. According to rugby365 he is even unlikely to make the trip to SA.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.07.08 11:56:42 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

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