All Blacks name World Cup squad

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The All Blacks have selected their squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Coach Steve Hansen announced the team today in Auckland with his assistant coaches.

Kieran Read will lead the team as they travel to Japan, attempting to win their 3rd World Cup in a row.

The main talking point of the team was the exclusion of prop Owen Franks.

Franks, 31, has won 108 caps but misses out with Atu Moli who is yet to make an All Blacks start.

Centre Sonny Bill Williams, number eight Kieran Read and second-row Sam Whitelock will attempt to win a third successive Rugby World Cup.

The trio were part of the successful campaigns in 2011 and 2015.

New Zealand World Cup squad

Forwards: Dane Coles, Liam Coltman, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Atu Moli, Angus Ta’avao, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Luke Jacobson, Kieran Read (capt), Ardie Savea, Matt Todd.

Backs: TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Brad Weber, Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo’unga, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Rieko Ioane, Sevu Reece, Ben Smith.

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