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All Blacks World Cup squad

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, RWC 2015 on 31 Aug 2015 at 07:44
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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen named his 31 man squad to defend the World Cup starting in less than three weeks.

The only real surprise was the inclusion of wing Waisake Naholo, while Cory Jane and Israel Dagg were considered unlucky not to make the squad. Their omission from the squad is understandable though, as both have been suffering with injuries and a clear lack of form during the Super Rugby season.

Naholo, who broke his leg just a month ago in his debut match against Argentina, was ruled out of making the squad after his injury, but miraculously recovered after seeking alternative healing methods in his native Fiji.

There was mixed feelings about the inclusion of utility back Nehe Milner-Skudder, who had a superb Super Rugby season, and completed the transition to International Rugby with a great debut. Fans are divided whether taking such an inexperienced player to the World Cup is a good idea.

Another who can count himself unlucky is Lima Sopoaga, who missed the cut. Hansen opted to take Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett who doubles as cover on the wing and at fullback, as well as Colin Slade.

Richie McCaw heads into his fourth World Cup and is aiming to be the first captain to lift the World Cup twice.

31-man All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad:

Backs: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Ma’a Nonu, Colin Slade, Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Forwards: Kieran Read, Victor Vito, Liam Messam, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Richie McCaw (captain), Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Dane Coles, Keven Mealamu, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Tony Woodcock, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks


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