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All Blacks reveal 36-man as they turn sight to Rugby Championship

All Blacks. Photo Courtesy/All Blacks

Fresh from their historical series defeat to Ireland in the 2022 Steinlager Series, the All Blacks have shifted their focus to the 2022 edition of the Rugby Championship, with head coach Ian Foster naming a 36-man squad for the tournament.

Jack Goodhue, Brodie Retallick and Angus Taavao are back into the squad, with Anton Liernet-Brown (injury) and Damian Mackenzie (New Zealand rugby league return criteria) missing out.

All Blacks first cap

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Leicester Fainga’anuku are also part of the squad after receiving their first cap for the All Blacks in the just concluded 2022 Steinlager Series.

The All Blacks will begin their campaign with a back-to-back mouth-watering tie against World Champions South Africa, before returning home to face Argentina similarly. They will end their campaign with two Bledisloe ties against Australia.

New Zealand Squad:
Forwards:
Hookers

Dane Coles
Samisoni Taukeiaho
Codie Taylor

Props

Aidan Ross
George Bower
Nepo Laulala
Ofa Tu’ungafasi
Ethan de Groot
Angus Ta’avao

Locks

Scott Barrett
Brodie Retallick
Patrick Tuipulotu
Tupou Vaa’i
Samuel Whitelock

Loose Forwards

Sam Cane – Captain
Shannon Frizell
Akira Ioane
Dalton Papalii
Ardie Savea
Hoskins Sotutu

Backs:
Halfbacks

Finlay Christie
Folau Fakatava
Aaron Smith

First five–eighths

Beauden Barrett
Richie Mo’unga
Stephen Perofeta

Midfielders

Jack Goodhue
David Havili
Rieko Ioane
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Quinn Tupaea

Outside backs

Jordie Barrett
Caleb Clarke
Leicester Fainga’anuku
Will Jordan
Sevu Reece

Replacement players travelling to South Africa:

Josh Dickson (27, Highlanders / Otago, *)
Braydon Ennor (25, Crusaders / Canterbury, 5)
Tyrel Lomax (26, Hurricanes / Tasman, 14)

2022 LIPOVITAN-D RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURED

ROUND ONE

Saturday 6 August

South Africa v New Zealand, Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit

Argentina v Australia, Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza

 

ROUND TWO

Saturday 13 August

South Africa v New Zealand, Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg

Argentina v Australia, Bicentenario Stadium, San Juan

 

ROUND THREE

Saturday 27 August

Australia v South Africa, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

New Zealand v Argentina, Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch

 

ROUND FOUR

Saturday 3 September

New Zealand v Argentina, FMG Stadium Waikato

Australia v South Africa, Allianz Stadium, Sydney

 

ROUND FIVE

Thursday 15 September

Australia v New Zealand, Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Saturday 17 September

Argentina v South Africa, Estadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

 

ROUND SIX

Saturday 24 September

New Zealand v Australia, Eden Park, Auckland

South Africa v Argentina, Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban

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