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Giteau's delight equals Nonu's pain

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Sportal.co.nz     04 Jul 2006     allblacks.com

However, his good news was matched by bad news for All Blacks mid-fielder Ma'a Nonu who has a thumb injury that will require surgery, forcing him to miss six weeks of rugby.

The All Blacks team for the game is to be named on Tuesday in Christchurch but Auckland second five-eighths and new captain Sam Tuitupou has been called into the side.

Nonu suffered a fracture at the base of his left thumb while playing club rugby in Wellington on Saturday.

Giteau dislocated his thumb in an ACT club match on Saturday. He was attempting to get some game time after suffering a knee injury during the Rebel Sport Super 14. While cleared to travel with the squad he will still be subject to a fitness review on Friday.

No.8 Scott Fava joined the squad and will take a bench place as the result of Wycliff Palu's hamstring injury.

Australian coach John Connolly said: "We've been happy with the way Scott Fava has trained throughout the campaign and he deserves his opportunity on the bench."

Palu's injury is not serious but Connolly said he didn't want to risk further damage by having him play at the weekend.

Wing Clyde Rathbone has also been ruled out of consideration.

"Clyde has progressed quite well since injuring his hamstring in Perth last week but is still a little bit off running at full pace," Connolly said.