All Blacks selectors Steve Hansen, Ian Foster and Grant Fox have named the New Zealand squad for the Steinlager Series against Wales.http://allblacksvswaleslive.xyz/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/allblacksvswaleslive-1.png
The other new All Blacks are champion youthful Blues prop Ofa Tu’ungafasi; the remarkable Highlanders free forward pair of Elliot Dixon and Liam Squire; skilled Hurricanes free forward Ardie Savea; and energizing youthful Chiefs fellow team members Damian McKenzie and Seta Tamanivalu.
Not considered for determination because of damage was Nehe Milner-Skudder.
All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “The selectors might want to salute all players chose, particularly the new All Blacks and those coming back to the squad – they and their families can be extremely pleased. We’d likewise get a kick out of the chance to salute Kieran and Ben on their individual arrangements as Captain and Vice-Captain.”
Hansen additionally said the group was truly empowered by the difficulties they would confront this season.”We realize that there’s been a ton of enthusiasm around the determination of this first All Blacks squad of 2016, after what was an awesome season for us a year ago, and with a vast gathering of experienced players proceeding onward.
“Numerous individuals, including our rivals, might believe we’re helpless and are revamping. Notwithstanding, we don’t have that outlook. We, as selectors, are extremely certain that we have both the ability and the experience to keep upgrading the legacy of the All Blacks,” he said.
“It’s regularly said that when the tall trees that cast the biggest shadows are chopped down, the staying littler trees develop all the more quickly. We trust we’ll see players stand tall and take their amusement to a higher standard this season.
“This gathering of players, I can guarantee you, is extremely amped up for the open doors that lay ahead for them. They know it’s their time, their minute, and they can hardly wait to make their imprint in the shirt,” Hansen included.
“We’re very much aware that what we did yesterday won’t be sufficient for now, so we’ll be hoping to increase present expectations to a considerably larger amount from where we’ve been. This is our test – one, I should say, we’re truly anticipating getting stuck into.”
The make-up of the squad sees 18 advances chose (three hookers, five props, four locks and six free advances) and 14 backs (two halfbacks, three initial five-eighths, four midfielders and five outside backs) with a normal age of 25.
The squad is comprised of four Blues players, eight Chiefs, four Hurricanes, nine Crusaders and seven Highlanders while 11 of New Zealand’s areas are spoken to with eight Canterbury players, five from Auckland, four from Taranaki, three from Wellington, two each from Southland, Manawatu, Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty and Waikato, and one player from Tasman and Otago.
The All Blacks squad collected in Auckland today to plan for the principal Test against Wales at Eden Park on Saturday 11 June. The second Test is at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday 18 June, with the third and last Test at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, on Saturday 25 June. The Wellington Test will be a notable event: it will be the first run through the All Blacks have played Wales in the capital city.
The All Blacks and Wales have a competition going back to 1905 and have played each other 30 times, with 27 wins to New Zealand and three wins to the Welsh. The two groups last met in November 2014 in Cardiff, with the All Blacks winning 34-16.
The squad is as follows: (with province and Test caps. New All Blacks are in bold.)
Dane Coles (Wellington, 36 Tests)
Codie Taylor (Canterbury, four Tests)
Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty, two Tests)
Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, 45 Tests)
Charlie Faumuina (Auckland, 33 Tests)
Owen Franks (Canterbury, 78 Tests)
Joe Moody (Canterbury, 11 Tests)
Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Auckland, new cap)
Brodie Retallick (Hawke’s Bay, 47 Tests)
Luke Romano (Canterbury, 22 Tests)
Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland, seven Tests)
Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury, 73 Tests)
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, 31 Tests)
Elliot Dixon (Southland, new cap)
Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 67 Tests)
Kieran Read, captain (Canterbury, 84 Tests)
Ardie Savea (Wellington, new cap)
Liam Squire (Tasman, new cap)
Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Waikato, 20 Tests)
Aaron Smith (Manawatu, 47 Tests)
Beauden Barrett (Taranaki, 36 Tests)
Aaron Cruden (Manawatu, 37 Tests)
Lima Sopoaga (Southland, one Test)
Ryan Crotty (Canterbury, 15 Tests)
Malakai Fekitoa (Auckland, 13 Tests)
Charlie Ngatai (Taranaki, one Test)
Seta Tamanivalu (Taranaki, new cap)
Israel Dagg (Hawke’s Bay, 49 Tests)
Damian McKenzie (Waikato, new cap)
Waisake Naholo (Taranaki, three Tests)
Julian Savea (Wellington, 41 Tests)
Ben Smith (Otago, 48 Tests)
As well as the 32-man squad, two players will assemble as injury replacements: Highlanders lock Tom Franklin for Whitelock and Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara for Kerr-Barlow. Source