New Zealand’s All Blacks World Cup squad has been announced, with coach Ian Foster making no surprises in his selections. The 33-strong squad includes veteran lock Brodie Retallick, who had a scare with a knee injury in the recent win over the Wallabies. The team will be led by captain Sam Cane.
Mid-fielder David Havili returns to the squad despite not having played international rugby this year due to injury. The All Blacks’ first game in the World Cup will be against France in Paris in five weeks, with their final test before the tournament being against South Africa at Twickenham in two and a half weeks.
The squad was revealed by former All Blacks captain Richie McCaw in Napier in front of almost 2000 residents impacted by cyclone Gabrielle and first responders.
Here is the complete All Blacks World Cup squad:
Hookers: Dane Coles, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Codie Taylor
Props: Ethan de Groot, Tyrel Lomax, Nepo Laulala, Fletcher Newell, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Tamaiti Williams
Locks: Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Tupou Vaa’i, Samuel Whitelock
Loose forwards: Sam Cane (Captain), Shannon Frizell, Luke Jacobson, Dalton Papali’i, Ardie Savea
Halfbacks: Finlay Christie, Cam Roigard, Aaron Smith
First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga
Midfielders: Jordie Barrett, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown
Outside backs: Caleb Clarke, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Will Jordan, Emoni Narawa, Mark Telea.