Nuptials come ahead of Serbia for NZ forward Killen

Wellington: New Zealand forward Chris Killen will skip Saturday`s World Cup warm-up against fellow finalists Serbia because he is getting married.

The Middlesbrough striker is leaving New Zealand`s training base in Austria to fly back to England for the wedding, the New Zealand Press Association reported on Friday.

Killen, who scored in the 2-1 friendly defeat by Australia in Melbourne on Monday, will be available for his country`s final two warm-up games against Slovenia and Chile.

The clash of dates could have been far worse with Killen saying the date of his wedding had been arranged more than a year ago, long before New Zealand qualified for the World Cup.

The All Whites have been drawn in Group F for the June 11-July 11 World Cup in South Africa alongside holders Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia.

Bureau Report