All Blacks flyhalf Dan Carter has been replaced for the RWC match against Japan on Friday 16 September after failing to overcome a sore back.
Colin Slade has replaced Carter for the match at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. Both Piri Weepu and Jimmy Cowan will be on the bench wilth Andy Ellis starting at scrumhalf.
Carter suffered a stiff back in the All Blacks opener on Friday against the very physical Tonga.
All Blacks team Doctor Deb Robinson said: “The key thing is that Dan Carter had been recovering well from a stiff lower back. However, he pulled up sore at an indoor training session this morning so we have made the decision not to risk him for the Japan match and we will aim to have him back fully training next week in preparation for the France test.”