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All Blacks Squad Named To Play Samoa - Thoughts?

  • All Blacks Squad Named To Play Samoa - Thoughts?

The All Blacks squad has been named to play Samoa on July 8th in Apia, Samoa.  Because of the Super Rugby final, the All Blacks have not named any Hurricanes or Highlanders in their squad for this game.  The squad is a good preparation for the Rugby Championship and Rugby World Cup and offers some new players a chance, with so many current All Blacks missing with Super Rugby commitments. 

George Moala from the Blues will make his debut, in an experienced All Blacks side, while Nepo Laulala, Charlie Ngatai and Brad Weber will debut from the bench.  It will be interesting to see what happens with these players once the All Blacks have a full contingent to choose from.

Thoughts on the All Blacks squad?  I like it.  The likes of Richie McCaw and Dan Carter will be playing, while other players will get a chance to get valuable game time. I am interested to see how the new players go, as some of these players could technically have played for other countries in the Rugby World Cup if they didn't make this All Blacks squad.

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All Blacks Starting XV v Samoa

1. Tony Woodcock (110)

2. Keven Mealamu (123)

3. Owen Franks (57)

4. Luke Romano (17)

5. Samuel Whitelock (62)

6. Jerome Kaino (56)

7. Richie McCaw - captain (137)

8. Kieran Read (72)

9. Andy Ellis (26)

10. Daniel Carter (102)

11. Charles Piutau (14)

12. Sonny Bill Williams (23)

13. Ryan Crotty (13)

14. George Moala

15. Israel Dagg (46)

Reserves

16. Hikawera Elliot (3)

17. Wyatt Crockett (27)

18. Nepo Laulala

19. Brodie Retallick (36)

20. Matt Todd (2)

21. Brad Weber

22. Colin Slade (17)

23. Charlie Ngatai

               

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