The All Blacks have named a 51-man squad for their upcoming matches.
New Zealand Autumn Internationals Squad 2018
Steve Hansen has made 11 changes to the side that lost to Ireland last weekend.
Kieran Read, Ardie Savea, Aaron Smith, Damian McKenzie and Beauden Barrett are the only players to keep their places. In fact all three Barrett brothers start with Jordie replacing Ben Smith on the wing and Scott coming into the second row.
Additionally Dalton Papalii could earn his second cap off the bench.
“The Italians will bring plenty of line speed, with a wide defensive spread, and again allows us to experience playing this type of team,” Hansen said.
“They’re big men who play with a lot of passion and pride.
“Our goal will be to create quality set-piece ball and lightning quick ruck ball, coupled with a real accuracy in our decision-making so we can use our skill-sets accordingly.”
New Zealand team to face Italy in the Autumn Internationals – 24th November
Damian McKenzie, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Waisake Naholo, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Ofa Tuungafasi, Dane Coles, Nepo Laulala, Patrick Tuipulotu, Scott Barrett, Vaea Fifita, Ardie Savea, Kieran Read (c).
Replacements: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Angus Ta’avao, Brodie Retallick, Dalton Papalii, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Richie Mo’unga, Rieko Ioane.
New Zealand team to face Ireland in the Autumn Internationals – 17th November
Damian McKenzie; Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Ryan Crotty, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Karl Tu’inukuafe, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Samuel Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, Kieran Read
Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Anton Lienert-Brown.
New Zealand team to face England in the Autumn Internationals – 10th November
Damian McKenzie, Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Samuel Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, Kieran Read
Replacements: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Ryan Crotty
The All Blacks and Steve Hansen have named their squad for their upcoming matches against Australia in Bledisloe 3, and their Autumn International matches against England, Ireland, Italy and Japan.
The matches against England and Ireland are hotly anticipated, with the All Blacks having not played England since 2014, and they last lost to Ireland in Chicago back in 2016.
As a result, Hansen has named a strong 32-man main squad with several big names returning from injury like; Dane Coles, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Brodie Retallick and Liam Squire. Additionally, Dalton Papalii is a new All Black and Matt Todd comes in to replace an injured Sam Cane and unavailable loose forwards Shannon Frizell and Jordan Taufua.
The introduction of Todd is a step away form the usual All Blacks selection policy after he was selected despite playing for Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights. Usually players have to play in the country to be selected.
Hansen has also named a 19-man wider training squad for the All Blacks match against Japan. This features seven uncapped players who are Tyrel Lomax, Reuben O’Neill, Gareth Evans, Bryn Hall, Brett Cameron, George Bridge and Matt Proctor.
Hansen has clearly decided to use this period to prepare for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan next year. He said; “Having the extra group come to Japan will allow us to send the bulk of our main squad to London early to acclimatise and prepare for what will be three big Test matches in the Northern Hemisphere, starting with England.
“Bringing in the wider squad players also allows us to grow our player depth and will expose them to the international arena, which we think will be great for their development and, in turn, will benefit New Zealand Rugby in the long-term.
“We’ll also be using the Japanese leg of our Tour to road test a few things ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup, as we will be using the same hotels and training facilities while we are there. We’re also playing Australia and Japan at two of our Rugby World Cup venues,”
New Zealand Autumn Internationals Squad
Forwards: Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Whitelock, Vaea Fifita, Dalton Papalii, Kieran Read (captain), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Matt Todd
Backs: TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith
Forwards: Asafo Aumua, Liam Coltman, Tyrel Lomax, Reuben O’Neill, Tim Perry, Angus Ta’avao, Luke Romano, Jackson Hemopo, Gareth Evans, Dillon Hunt, Luke Whitelock
Backs: Mitchell Drummond, Bryn Hall, Brett Cameron, Ngani Laumape, Matt Proctor, George Bridge, David Havili, Nehe Milner-Skudder
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