The 33-strong All Black Rugby Championship Squad 2018 as follows[Sources:www.allblacks.com]
Brodie Retallick (27, Chiefs / Hawke’s Bay, 68)
Samuel Whitelock (29, Crusaders / Canterbury, 99)
Sam Cane (26, Chiefs / Bay of Plenty, 55)
Shannon Frizell (24, Highlanders / Tasman, 1)
Jackson Hemopo (24, Highlanders / Manawatu, 1)
Kieran Read (32, Crusaders / Counties Manukau, 109) – Captain
Ardie Savea (24, Hurricanes / Wellington, 25)
Liam Squire (27, Highlanders / Tasman, 17)
Luke Whitelock (27, Highlanders / Canterbury, 5)
TJ Perenara (26, Hurricanes / Wellington, 45)
Aaron Smith (29, Highlanders / Manawatu, 74)
Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (23, Chiefs / Taranaki, uncapped)
Beauden Barrett (27, Hurricanes / Taranaki, 65)
Damian McKenzie (23, Chiefs / Waikato, 15)
Richie Mo’unga (24, Crusaders / Canterbury, 1)
Ryan Crotty (29, Crusaders / Canterbury, 37)
Jack Goodhue (23, Crusaders / Northland, 1)
Anton Lienert-Brown (23, Chiefs / Waikato, 24)
Sonny Bill Williams (33, Blues / Counties Manukau, 46)
Jordie Barrett (21, Hurricanes / Taranaki, 5)
Rieko Ioane (21, Blues / Auckland, 16)
Nehe Milner-Skudder (27, Hurricanes / Manawatu, 11)
Waisake Naholo (27, Highlanders /Taranaki, 19)
Ben Smith (32, Highlanders /Otago, 67)
All blacks are a really tough team to pick at the moment in New Zealand rugby. They’ve got a lot of talent and because two things come from that one is some good players mercy up and the second thing is it certainly gets rid of any complacency amongst those that do get selected.
So commiserations go to those that have missed and we congratulate those that have made it. They have made a couple of fatigue ik selection decisions particularly the loose fords and midfield as you know they’ve only selected four and the last team. They’ve picked.
They’ve got a plan for Nani. They want him to spend some time with a little bit less pressure working on his ability to help his first five control the game. So that’s the long-term plan for him. Obviously, he’s going to be coming in in the short term to work with us.
With sonny’s injury and with Roy They want him to get some game time at six. We think that’s his true position hasn’t played much there over the last couple of years being used as a lot mainly for the hurricanes.
They’ve also picked Jackson Hemoapo as they lose ford, not as a lock he’s not going to be locked cover either. So unless we really get desperate his main priority will be to become a number six.
They also want to build the player combos within that and allow ourselves to get really sit was a good understanding of each other and how they want to play for the rugby world cup.
Now the big challenge obviously is an investiture moonship itself. We’ve seen south africa and australia both step up i think two or three notches during the june series. They’re going to they play a lot of passion a lot of conviction, intensity and of course they live in the mindset that they’ll want to knock nz off.