The All Blacks announce 35 players for the Northern Tour » allblacks.com
All Blacks coaches Ian Foster, Joe Schmidt and Jason Ryan have named the following squad for the Lipovitan-D Rugby Challenge Cup match in Japan and the Healthspan Elite Northern Tour of Wales, Scotland and England .
The 35-person squad is as follows: (age, Super Rugby club, province, test selections).
Dane Coles (35, Hurricanes/Wellingtons, 84)
Samisoni Taukei’aho (25, Chiefs / Waikato, 17)
Codie Taylor (31, Crusaders/Canterbury, 72)
George Bower (30, Crusaders/Otago, 19)
Ethan de Groot (24, Highlanders/Southland, 10)
Nepo Laulala (31, Blues/Manukau Counties, 42)
Tyrel Lomax (26, Hurricanes/Tasman, 20)
Fletcher Newell (22, Crusaders/Canterbury, 4)
Ofa Tu’ungafasi (30, Blues/Northland, 48)
Scott Barrett (28, Crusaders/Taranaki, 55)
Brodie Retallick (31, Chiefs/Hawke’s Bay, 98)
Tupou Vaa’i (22, Chefs / Taranaki, 15)
Samuel Whitelock (33, Crusaders/Canterbury, 140)
Sam Cane – Captain (30, Chiefs/Bay of Plenty, 85)
Shannon Frizell (28, Highlanders/Tasmania, 21)
Akira Ioane (27, Blues / Auckland, 19)
Dalton Papali’i (24, Blues/Manukau Counties, 18)
Ardie Savea (28, Hurricanes/Wellingtons, 67)
Hoskins Sotutu (24, Blues/Manukau Counties, 12)
Finlay Christie (27, Blues/Tasmania, 12)
Folau Fakatava (22, Highlanders/Hawke’s Bay, 2)
Aaron Smith (33, Highlanders/Manawatu, 111)
First Five Eighths
Beauden Barrett (31, Blues / Taranaki, 109)
Richie Mo’unga (28, Crusaders/Canterbury, 41)
Stephen Perofeta (25, Blues / Taranaki, 1)
Braydon Ennor (25, Crusaders/Canterbury, 5)
David Havili (27, Crusaders/Tasman, 21)
Rieko Ioane (25, Blues/Auckland, 56)
Anton Lienert-Brown (27, Chefs / Waikato, 56)
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (29 years old, Blues / Auckland, 2 years old)
Jordie Barrett (25, Hurricanes/Taranaki, 45)
Caleb Clarke (23, Blues/Auckland, 11)
Leicester Fainga’anuku (22, Crusaders/Tasman, 2)
Will Jordan (24, Crusaders/Tasman, 21)
Sevu Reece (25, Crusaders/Tasman, 21)
Unavailable for selection due to injury – Ethan Blackadder, Jack Goodhue, Josh Lord, Joe Moody and Quinn Tupaea.
The bulk of the Rugby Championship squad has been retained as the All Blacks move on to the Northern Tour.
The team features the return of 56-Test midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown who has made a successful comeback after shoulder surgery. The 27-year-old is a welcome addition to a midfield squad that are missing Quinn Tupaea and Jack Goodhue through injury.
Although there are 1,362 Test caps combined in this squad, a number of selected players will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience on tour with the All Blacks XV. Coached by Leon MacDonald, the squad are named tomorrow (Monday) and will bolster the depth of New Zealand’s talent pool heading into the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
“The Northern Tour is always a highlight of the All Black calendar and this year is no exception,” Foster said. “With less than a year to go before the start of the World Cup, this tour gives us another great opportunity to grow from where we finished the Rugby Championship. Experiencing great Test matches in the north is a great preparation for what will happen in France next year.
“The addition of our All Black XV team will also help build that experience with a wider group of players.”
The All Blacks will have a three-day camp in Nelson this week before traveling to the northern hemisphere.
Healthspan Elite CEO Martin Talbot said: “After becoming the All Blacks’ first sports nutrition partner two years ago and launching a co-branded range in early 2022, Healthspan Elite is incredibly delighted to to be the naming rights partner for the North tour.”
WEEK 1: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29 – Japan vs All Blacks, 2:50 p.m. (6:50 p.m. NZT), NATIONAL STADIUM, TOKYO
WEEK 2: SATURDAY NOV 5 – Wales vs All Blacks, 3:15 p.m. (4:15 a.m. SUNDAY NOV 6 NZT), PRINCIPALITY STADIUM, CARDIFF
WEEK 3: SUNDAY NOV 13 – Scotland v All Blacks 2:15 p.m. (3:15 a.m. MON NOV 14 NZT), MURRAYFIELD STADIUM, EDINBURGH
WEEK 4: SATURDAY 19 NOV – England v All Blacks, 5.30pm (6.30am SUN 20 NOV NZT), TWICKENHAM, LONDON