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9 Hurricanes in ABs Squad

  • 9 Hurricanes in ABs Squad

Nine Hurricanes players including a seemingly on the outer Victor Vito have been named in the first All Blacks squad of the year to prepare for Englands tour to New Zealand in early June.

Hooker Dane Coles, prop Ben Franks, lock Jeremy Thrush and Vito make up the Hurricanes inclusions in the forwards while in the backs halfback TJ Perenara, first five Beauden Barrett, centre Conrad Smith and wings Cory Jane and Julian Savea have been named.

Notable Hurricanes exclusions include flanker Ardie Savea who trained with the squad last year and other deserving players Jack Lam and Andre Taylor. Taylor is leaving the country at the end of the Super Rugby season.

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From the other provinces there are five new faces including Highlanders midfield sensation Malakai Fekitoa and his teammate Liam Coltman, Chiefs hooker Nathan Harris and Crusaders forwards Dominic Bird and Luke Whitelock.

Crusaders first five-eighth Colin Slade has also been included with the injury to Blues utility Charles Piutau.

All Blacks training squad:

Hookers: Keven Mealamu (Blues), Nathan Harris (Chiefs), Dane Coles (Hurricanes) and Liam Coltman (Highlanders).

Props: Charlie Faumuina and Tony Woodcock (Blues), Ben Franks (Hurricanes), Wyatt Crockett and Owen Franks (Crusaders).

Locks: Patrick Tuipulotu (Blues), Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), Jeremy Thrush (Hurricanes), Dominic Bird and Sam Whitelock (Crusaders).

Loose forwards: Jerome Kaino and Steven Luatua (Blues), Sam Cane and Liam Messam (Chiefs), Victor Vito (Hurricanes), Richie McCaw, Kieran Read and Luke Whitelock (Crusaders).

Halfbacks: Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Chiefs), TJ Perenara (Hurricanes) and Aaron Smith (Highlanders).

First five-eighths: Aaron Cruden (Chiefs), Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes) and Colin Slade (Crusaders).

Midfielders: Ma'a Nonu (Blues), Conrad Smith (Hurricanes), Ryan Crotty (Crusaders) and Malakai Fekitoa (Highlanders).

Outside backs: Cory Jane and Julian Savea (Hurricanes), Israel Dagg (Crusaders) and Ben Smith (Highlanders).

What do you think of the selections? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.


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