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All Blacks squad announced with Scott Barrett named captain

By Ned Lester
Rieko Ioane and the All Blacks haka. Photo by Franco Arland/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

New coach Scott Robertson has announced the 32 men who will represent New Zealand against England and Fiji in the coming July Tests.

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With eight of the 33-strong squad that made it to last year’s World Cup final now plying their trade overseas and therefore ineligible for selection, opportunities under the new coaching regime are plentiful in 2024 and a number of emerging and resurgent talents have profited.

The newcomers are George Bell, Billy Proctor, Cortez Ratima, Wallace Sititi and Pasilio Tosi.

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Injuries to the likes of Sam Cane, Cam Roigard, Samisoni Taukei’aho and Will Jordan have also potentially paved the way for some more inclusions. Asafo Aumua, Stephen Perofeta and Sevu Reece are all back in the mix.

Just three locks have been named, with Sam Darry also joining the squad as cover for Patrick Tuipulotu who recently made a quick return from an MCL injury. Ruben Love, David Havili and George Bower have also been named as extended squad members.

Scott Barrett has been named captain, with Jordie Barrett and Ardie Savea vice-captains.

“There are some great leaders in our group, but having that existing connection to Scott was important. He’s tactically astute, he leads from the front, and he’s got the respect of the players and coaches,” Scott Robertson said.

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“Leadership is a shared responsibility and Ardie, Jordie and our wider leadership group will be crucial to how we come together and connect ahead of the first Test against England.

“As a coaching group, we are excited about the squad we’ve selected. We know it’s a group that can play the style of rugby we want the All Blacks to play in 2024.”

The youngest squad member is rookie Wallace Sititi at 21. Robertson congratulated the No. 8 along with the other four newcomers.

“It’s a proud moment for them and their families. They’ve earned their places through performance and consistency and it’s an exciting time in their careers. As coaches, we will get them ready so they can take their opportunity when it comes.”

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All Blacks squad

Hookers:
Codie Taylor
Asafo Aumua
George Bell

Props:
Ethan de Groot
Tyrel Lomax
Fletcher Newell
Pasilio Tosi
Ofa Tu’ungafasi
Tamaiti Williams

Locks:
Patrick Tuipulotu
Scott Barrett
Tupou Vaa’i

Loose Forwards:
Ethan Blackadder
Samipeni Finau
Dalton Papali’i
Luke Jacobson
Ardie Savea
Wallace Sititi

Halfbacks:
Finlay Christie
TJ Perenara
Cortez Ratima

First five-eighths:
Damian McKenzie
Beauden Barrett

Midfield:
Jordie Barrett
Rieko Ioane
Anton Lienert-Brown
Billy Proctor

Outside backs:
Caleb Clarke
Emoni Narawa
Stephen Perofeta
Sevu Reece
Mark Tele’a

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B.J. Spratt 30 days ago

Scott Robertson is the best International Coach in the World Rugby. He excites players to be the best they can be. Team culture and Personal Growth are his philosophy. Don’t be fooled by his Happy Go Lucky Persona.

His coaching record speaks for itself. 7 consecutive Super Rugby Championships. A total of ten rugby titles. 2015 Under 20 World Champs All Blacks. He is constantly adjusting his tactics. He has an all time 84% WIN Record.

Conversely Steve Borthwick has a 65% WIN record for the Leicester Tigers and a 59% WIN rate for England. Plus England have WON twice in New Zealand in 120 years.

I am sure this new All Black team will be a “Force” to be reckoned with and will be a much happier team with a great culture and play scintillating rugby, which will outsmart any “Tactics Borthwick will employ”

To think that Borthwick will suddenly improve his game tactics by 25%+ against Robertson in New Zealand is simply “a fairy tale”

After the Poms get thrashed in the two tests here, he will probably be looking for a new gig.

All Blacks 43 + England 9 and no tries

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Barry 30 days ago

Barrett seems risky for the captaincy. Unless this Razor fella was impressed by Cane getting sent off in a world cup final. Perhaps that’s the new standard?

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David 30 days ago

There has been so much messing around with the fullback that hardly any team has a fulltime / specialist 15. Too many hybrids 10 / 15s and converted wings. Stevenson is probably the only “proper fullback” in Super Rugby.

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David 30 days ago

Razor has his team and the coaches he wanted. Hopefully he gets treated with more respect by the press and fans than the previous coach. Like other coaches, he has two options - win or win - with no excuses. That’s the job description. Failure will bring criticism, especially as he has been placed on a pedestal by many.

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Sizwe 30 days ago

I really thought that Ardie Savea had shown enough leadership quality to be All Black’s Captain. I am shocked that he was overlooked but I guess Scott is not a bad choice other

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Nickers 30 days ago

Some good players were always going to miss out on this squad, I’m just surprised which ones they are.

There were some very bold selections done on the back form that just can’t be ignored in the case of Sititi, Tosi, Aumua, and Proctor.

But then players like Sotutu, Love, Lakai, who had similarly breakout seasons were left out in favour of incumbents with injury effected seasons and middling form like Jacobson, Blackadder, and Perofeta, which seems incredibly UNbold. Foster-esque in fact.

Hurricanes underwhelming end to the season probably cost some of their players getting over the line, but there are a large number of Chiefs forwards included at the expense of Blues forwards who made them look like amateurs.

Razor and co having their first game against a strong England team was always going to be a difficult start, some of these random selections (like no specialist 15 against a team who LOVES high kicks and have an outstanding chasing game) seems to be increasing the difficulty level, but makes the team announcement all the more intriguing.

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Rob 30 days ago

I posted a comment asking for clarification on Sam Darrys status in the squad, I’ve since found my answer elsewhere but I’ve come back to find my comment has been labeled as spam. Can anyone else see it? This has never happened to me before and I checked for similar comments but there aren’t any. The only explanation I can think of is that I quoted the article which is so silly if that’s the reason.

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Warren 30 days ago

Selecting the dirtiest player in the team as captain is very risky.

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Jon 30 days ago

A rather dull affair in the end, don’t know why Razor was so nervous. They need to have it as like a SR awards/winners dinner and All Black presentation.

Fairly predictable side, with Razor and co definitely falling on the side of All Black tradition and transitioning the existing group. The time for change will come later.

I think the All Blacks most likely missed the boat over the last few years promoting Bell over Tyrone Thompson. I would have preferred if things developed faster for him and he’d have time to win selection.

Would have loved if Razor got asked what position or role Blackadder was picked for. Surprised theres no presser?

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Bret 30 days ago

No Sotutu or Lakai but Blackadder gets in somehow. Sititi got included because his stats speak for themselves and he was a clear standout in a team that was completely dominated in a final. But Sotutu had his best year ever and still misses out. I wouldn’t have Finau in the team either. The guy is a penalty magnet thanks to poor discipline as he has consistently shown all year.

I thought George Bower did enough for a recall in a losing Crusaders team and did not expect Tosi to get in ahead of him. You’d have to think if Numia did not get injured he’d be there instead.

And Bell over Riccitelli is confusing because Riccitelli had a hell of a year and throws lineouts pretty consistently.

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