New Zealand to be without McCaw, Jane for Bledisoe Cup

The Canadian Press

10/17/2013 6:36:14 PM

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw and winger Cory Jane have been ruled out of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup rugby test against Australia with minor injuries.

McCaw was to play his 121st test and a world record 32nd against Australia -- the most by any player against a single team -- but was forced to withdraw on Friday with a tight calf muscle.

Jane had been recalled to the All Blacks starting lineup for his first test after a nine-month injury layoff but was also forced out on Friday with a slight hamstring strain. The 43-test veteran, who last played for the All Blacks against England in December, ruptured knee ligaments in January and has played only two matches since.

Flanker Sam Cane has been named to replace McCaw, and Charlie Piutau will replace Jane for only his seventh test. Kieran Read takes over as captain.