Richie McCaw and Mils Muliaina are both out of tomorrow's test against Japan.
Both players have been ruled out of the All Blacks' second game of the World Cup because of injury, while Israel Dagg has also picked up and injury, following a training session at St Peter's College in Cambridge late yesterday afternoon.
The players were ruled out after being further assessed by All Blacks medical staff this morning. The All Blacks will now be captained by hooker Keven Mealamu, it is the third time Mealamu will captain his country.
All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson said McCaw, who was due to play his 100th test against Japan, had suffered a minor calf strain in his left leg, Muliaina had a tight right hamstring and Dagg had a right abdominal strain.
If the All Blacks were playing France tomorrow night, it would be interesting to see if the same decision was reached. Doubtless the anti-Graham Henry faction though will be all a-twitter with all manner of conspiracy theories.
Victor Vito comes into the side to replace McCaw, and Isaiah Toeava will replace Muilaina, and Anthony Boric takes Vito's place in the reserves.
And we wonder if there is any truth to suggestions currently circulating via social media that Murray McCully is behind it all...