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Ian Foster provides injury update on World Cup-bound Emoni Narawa

By Finn Morton
(Photo by Daniel Jayo/Getty Images)

Coach Ian Foster has provided an injury update on one-Test All Black Emoni Narawa after the winger was named in New Zealand’s 33-man World Cup on Monday.

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Narawa made a try-scoring debut in the black jersey during New Zealand’s convincing 41-12 win over Argentina in Mendoza last month.

About 30 minutes after the full-time siren sounded, the electrifying outside back walked down the tunnel at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas with a smile on his face.

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Narawa was officially All Black No. 1208, and it seemed that nothing could bring his high spirits down.

But it was later revealed that Narawa had sustained a back injury after the Test, and the 24-year-old was ultimately ruled out of the next three Tests.

Narawa was seen doing some running on the hallowed turf at Forsyth Barr Stadium last Saturday –alongside Chiefs teammate Josh Lord –  in what was a positive indication that a return wasn’t too far away.

Coach Ian Foster expects Narawa’s “name to be in the hat” when the All Blacks take on fierce rivals South Africa at Twickenham at the end of August.

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“He didn’t train fully with the team but he moved pretty fully before the Dunedin Test,” Foster told reporters.

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“We didn’t feel we needed to test him in contact and all that sort of stuff, even though he wanted to.

“We knew he didn’t have to play that game and now he’s with us he’s got this time here, he’s got eight days at home and then we head over to London. We’ll obviously reassess that.

“We’ve got some options to recover that if he hasn’t but certainly I would expect his name to be in the hat.”

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The All Blacks take on the world-champion Springboks in their final Test before the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand open their tournament against hosts and favourites France on September 9 (NZST) in Paris.

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This ‘raging’ debate is only happenning in media circles and has never been a topic in Ireland (although SA media are interested). It makes the media companies money I guess. SA are RWC champions and #1 ranked team although Ireland are back within a point there. The facts point to SA. For a lot of 2021 France beat ALL their rivals and Ireland similar in 2022-2023. It is not wrong to say that on such form either can be deemed to be the current best team if they have beaten all their rivals and ranked #1. The ‘have to have won a world cup’ stipulation is nonsense. The world cup draw and scheduling has been tailored to the traditional big teams since the start. The scheduling also which sees the big teams sheltered from playing a hard pool match the week before has also been a constant. It is extraordinary that for example France have made so many finals. Ireland who were realistically only contenders in 2023 were in a Pool with two other top 5 teams and had to play one of them 7 days before a quarter final against France or New Zealand. Always going to be a coin toss. Scotland’s situation was worse. New Zealand had great chances in 1995, 1999, 2007 but they could not win a tight RWC match. The first tight match they ever won was versus France in the 2011 final, literally they lost every other tight match before that. Some of those NZ teams around that era were #1 surely?

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