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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 November, 2003, 03:04 GMT
Umaga to miss semi-final
Tana Umaga
The influential Umaga has trained but is not match-fit
New Zealand centre Tana Umaga has failed to recover from injury in time to play in Saturday's World Cup semi-final against Australia in Sydney.

The All Blacks named the same side that defeated South Africa 29-9 in Saturday's quarter-final.

There is just one change on the substitutes' bench, where Byron Kelleher takes over Steve Devine as the reserve scrum-half.

Umaga ruptured a cruciate knee ligament in the opening match against Italy.

Apart from 21 minutes' play in the 70-7 victory over Italy, Umaga has not played any competitive rugby since the All Blacks clinched the Bledisloe Cup against Australia on 16 August.

All Black coach John Mitchell said on Tuesday: "He has recovered from the injury but has been out for too long.

Australia are very organised and very structured and if we don't respond we will lose
John Mitchell
New Zealand coach
"He trained today but he was just not sharp enough and you need to be at this level."

Canterbury utility back Leon MacDonald, who has assumed the goal-kicking duties after forcing his way into the side, retains his place in an unchanged side.

MacDonald replaced Ma'a Nonu in the starting XV at centre for the 91-7 victory over Tonga and played in the position in the 53-37 victory over Wales and 29-9 quarter-final win against South Africa last Saturday.

He has looked impressive in his three games in the position despite some defensive lapses against the Welsh that were rectified against South Africa.

Mitchell added: "This is Australia, they're defending champions. This is their country and we never underestimate Australia.

"They are very organised and very structured and if we don't respond we will lose."


New Zealand: M Muliaina; D Howlett, L MacDonald, A Mauger, J Rokocoko; C Spencer, J Marshall; D Hewett, K Mealamu, G Somerville; C Jack, A Williams; R Thorne (capt), R McCaw, J Collins.
Replacements: M Hammett, K Meeuws, B Thorn, M Holah, B Kelleher, D Carter, C Ralph.





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