The cat is out of the bag. All Blacks Neemia Tialata and Cory Jane have revealed they have both missed being selected for this weekend's vital test match against England in London, a full day before the team is to be officially released.
Both men wrote of their shock dumping on popular social network website Twitter (in the earlier hours of this morning) in doing so breaching team protocol, and no doubt raising the ire of All Blacks coach, Graham Henry.
All Blacks selections are closely guarded secrets right until the minute they are publicly released. Obviously the All Blacks are told, in some cases, days before the official release.
But the deal is they keep their mouths shut and play their cards close to their chest so as to keep the opposition, in this case England, in the dark as long as possible.
Jane posted at 2am this morning: "I have got the weekend off...not in the team this week so get to relax" and Tialata wrote "well it looks like I'll be resting up this week...not needed against the english men... gutted!! but all good means I can have a look around:)".
Tialata found himself in hot water earlier this year when he wrote a scathing critique of his employer, the Wellington Rugby Union, on website Facebook.
However, his faux pas this time isn't as serious.
Neither player revealed, who will be playing in their place, which will be revealed tomorrow morning, and raises the tantalizing prospect of either Zac Guildford or (less likely) Ben Smith getting a run on Twickenham, not to mention Owen Franks in Tialata's tighthead prop's jersey. But it has given the English camp a head start in terms of scrubbing both men of their list of players to analyze.
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