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All Blacks aim to go to next level

  • All Blacks aim to go to next level

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29: All Black coach Steve Hansen during the New Zealand All Blacks squad announcement at The Heritage Hotel on May 29, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Coach Steve Hansen has named six uncapped players in his All Blacks squad to face Wales in June.

The outstanding Highlanders loose forward duo of Elliot Dixon and Liam Squire are joined by young Blues prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi, talented Hurricanes loose forward Ardie Savea and exciting young Chiefs teammates Damian McKenzie and Seta Tamanivalu.

Two further players will join the 32-man squad as possible injury replacements, including another new face in Highlanders lock Tom Franklin for Sam Whitelock.

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Backs: Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa, Seta Tamanivalu, Charlie Ngatai, Ryan Crotty, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Cruden, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara*.

Forwards: Kieran Read (captain), Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Jerome Kaino, Elliot Dixon, Liam Squire, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Luke Romano, Tom Franklin* Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Charlie Faumuina, Owen Franks, Wyatt Crockett, Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris.

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