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All Blacks 2015 Squad Named - Thoughts?

  • All Blacks 2015 Squad Named - Thoughts?

The All Blacks 41 man squad has been named and there are plenty of new faces for the upcoming Samoa test and Rugby Championship.  It seems that the selectors want to have a look at new players like hooker Codie Taylor, lock James Broadhurst, first five eighth Lima Sopoaga, winger Waisake Naholo and fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder.  It will be interesting how many of these new players end up making the Rugby World Cup squad, but they will at least have a chance to impress the selectors.


What are your thoughts on the All Blacks squad named today?  I like the look of some of these new guys, but I still have question marks over them, given that some of these guys are only in their first season of Super Rugby (Milner-Skudder and Naholo).  Hopefully they will benefit from some All Blacks coaching though so that they are ready to play international rugby.  I thought Hurricanes prop Reg Goodes may have gained selection, while Ardie Savea also misses out.  It is interesting to see Tawera Kerr-Barlow named, although Andy Ellis is his backup.

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The key feature of the 41-man strong squad is the selection of five new All Blacks: Crusaders and Canterbury hooker Codie Taylor, Hurricanes and Taranaki lock James Broadhurst, Highlanders and Southland first five-eighth Lima Sopoaga, Highlanders and Taranaki winger Waisake Naholo; and Hurricanes and Manawatu fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder.

The full squad is as follows: (with Investec Super Rugby and provincial teams and Test caps. * indicates a new All Black).

Forwards:
Hookers

Dane Coles - Hurricanes / Wellington (27)
Hikawera Elliot - Chiefs / Poverty Bay (3)
Keven Mealamu - Blues / Auckland (123)
Codie Taylor - Crusaders / Canterbury *

Props
Wyatt Crockett - Crusaders / Canterbury (27)
Charlie Faumuina - Blues / Auckland (20)
Ben Franks - Hurricanes / Hawke's Bay (31)
Owen Franks - Crusaders / Canterbury (57)
Joe Moody - Crusaders / Canterbury (8)
Tony Woodcock - Blues /North Harbour (110)

Locks
James Broadhurst - Hurricanes / Taranaki *
Brodie Retallick - Chiefs / Bay of Plenty (36)
Luke Romano - Crusaders / Canterbury (17)
Jeremy Thrush - Hurricanes / Wellington (11)
Samuel Whitelock - Crusaders / Canterbury (62)

Loose forwards
Sam Cane - Chiefs / Bay of Plenty (22)
Jerome Kaino - Blues /Auckland (56)
Richie McCaw (captain) - Crusaders / Canterbury (137)
Liam Messam - Chiefs / Waikato (40)
Kieran Read - Crusaders / Canterbury (72)
Matt Todd - Crusaders / Canterbury (2)
Victor Vito - Hurricanes / Wellington (26)

Backs:
Halfbacks
Tawera Kerr-Barlow - Chiefs / Waikato (15)
TJ Perenara - Hurricanes / Wellington (11)
Aaron Smith - Highlanders / Manawatu (38)

First five-eighths
Beauden Barrett - Hurricanes / Taranaki (28)
Daniel Carter - Crusaders / Canterbury (102)
Colin Slade - Crusaders /Canterbury (17)
Lima Sopoaga - Highlanders / Southland *

Midfielders
Ryan Crotty - Crusaders / Canterbury (13)
Malakai Fekitoa - Highlanders / Auckland (8)
Ma'a Nonu - Hurricanes / Wellington (94)
Conrad Smith - Hurricanes / Wellington (85)
Sonny Bill Williams - Chiefs / Counties Manukau (23)

Outside backs
Israel Dagg - Crusaders /Hawke's Bay (46)
Cory Jane - Hurricanes / Wellington (48)
Nehe Milner-Skudder - Hurricanes / Manawatu *
Waisake Naholo - Highlanders / Taranaki *
Charles Piutau - Blues /Auckland (14)
Julian Savea - Hurricanes / Wellington (33)
Ben Smith - Highlanders / Otago (38)


http://www.allblacks.com/News/27518/all-blacks-squad-named-for-samoa-investec-rugby-championship-and-bledisloe-test

               

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