All Blacks lose Messam

Date published: September 23 2015

New Zealand have been forced into a late change to their side to face Namibia after blindside flanker Liam Messam was ruled out through injury.

Messam was down to start for Thursday's game at the Olympic Stadium.

The 42-cap forward has been ruled out due to a tight calf, according to the All Blacks' Twitter feed.

Messam's replacement will be Jerome Kaino who went off injured in Sunday's win over Argentina but has recovered enough to start.

Sam Cane will captain the All Blacks in their second match as one of 11 changes made by head coach Steve Hansen.