All Blacks squad for the Lipovitan D Challenge Cup and Healthspan Elite Northern Tour.

All Blacks squad named for Lipovitan-D Challenge Cup and Healthspan Elite Northern Tour All Blacks selectors Ian Foster, Joe Schmidt and Jason Ryan have named the following squad for the […]

All Blacks squad named for Lipovitan-D Challenge Cup and Healthspan Elite Northern Tour

All Blacks selectors Ian Foster, Joe Schmidt and Jason Ryan have named the following squad for the Lipovitan-D Rugby Challenge Cup fixture in Japan and the Healthspan Elite Northern Tour of Wales, Scotland and England.

The 35-strong squad is as follows: (age, Super Rugby club, province, Test caps).

Forwards:

Hookers

Dane Coles (35, Hurricanes / Wellington, 84)

Samisoni Taukei’aho (25, Chiefs / Waikato, 17)

Codie Taylor (31, Crusaders / Canterbury, 72)

Props

George Bower (30, Crusaders / Otago, 19)

Ethan de Groot (24, Highlanders / Southland, 10)

Nepo Laulala (31, Blues / Counties Manukau, 42)

Tyrel Lomax (26, Hurricanes / Tasman, 20)

Fletcher Newell (22, Crusaders / Canterbury, 4)

Ofa Tu’ungafasi (30, Blues / Northland, 48)

Locks

Scott Barrett (28, Crusaders / Taranaki, 55)

Brodie Retallick (31, Chiefs / Hawke’s Bay, 98)

Tupou Vaa’i (22, Chiefs / Taranaki, 15)

Samuel Whitelock (33, Crusaders / Canterbury, 140)

Loose Forwards

Sam Cane – Captain (30, Chiefs / Bay of Plenty, 85)

Shannon Frizell (28, Highlanders / Tasman, 21)

Akira Ioane (27, Blues / Auckland, 19)

Dalton Papali’i (24, Blues / Counties Manukau, 18)

Ardie Savea (28, Hurricanes / Wellington, 67)

Hoskins Sotutu (24, Blues / Counties Manukau, 12)

Backs:
Halfbacks

Finlay Christie (27, Blues / Tasman, 12)

Folau Fakatava (22, Highlanders / Hawke’s Bay, 2)

Aaron Smith (33, Highlanders / Manawatu, 111)

First five-eighths

Beauden Barrett (31, Blues / Taranaki, 109)

Richie Mo’unga (28, Crusaders / Canterbury, 41)

Stephen Perofeta (25, Blues / Taranaki, 1)

Midfielders

Braydon Ennor (25, Crusaders / Canterbury, 5)

David Havili (27, Crusaders / Tasman, 21)

Rieko Ioane (25, Blues / Auckland, 56)

Anton Lienert-Brown (27, Chiefs / Waikato, 56)

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (29, Blues / Auckland, 2)

Outside backs

Jordie Barrett (25, Hurricanes / Taranaki, 45)

Caleb Clarke (23, Blues / Auckland, 11)

Leicester Fainga’anuku (22, Crusaders / Tasman, 2)

Will Jordan (24, Crusaders / Tasman, 21)

Sevu Reece (25, Crusaders / Tasman, 21)

Unavailable for selection due to injury – Ethan Blackadder, Jack Goodhue, Josh Lord, Joe Moody and Quinn Tupaea.

The bulk of the Rugby Championship squad has been retained as the All Blacks set their sights on the Northern Tour.

The squad features the return of 56-Test midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown who has made a successful return to play following shoulder surgery. The 27-year-old is a timely addition to a midfield group which is missing Quinn Tupaea and Jack Goodhue due to injury.

While there is a combined 1362 Test caps across this squad, a number of capped players will be given the opportunity to gain valuable experience on tour with the All Blacks XV. Coached by Leon MacDonald, the squad is named tomorrow (Monday) and will boost the depth in New Zealand’s talent pool as Rugby World Cup 2023
pproaches.

“The Northern tour is always a highlight in the All Black calendar and this year is no exception,” said Foster. “With less than a year till the start of the World Cup, this tour gives us another great opportunity to grow from where we finished the Rugby Championship. Experiencing big Test matches in the north is great preparation for what is to come in France next year.

“The addition of our All Black XV team will also help grow this experience across a wider group of players.”

The All Blacks will have a three-day camp in Nelson this week before travelling to the northern hemisphere.

Healthspan Elite CEO, Martin Talbot, said: “After becoming the All Blacks’ first sports nutrition partner two years ago and launching a co-branded range at the beginning of 2022, Healthspan Elite are incredibly excited to be the naming rights partner for the Northern tour.”

WEEK 1: SATURDAY 29 OCTOBER – Japan vs All Blacks, 2:50PM (6:50PM
NZT), NATIONAL STADIUM, TOKYO

WEEK 2: SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER – Wales vs All Blacks, 3:15PM (4:15AM
SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER NZT), PRINCIPALITY STADIUM, CARDIFF

WEEK 3: SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER – Scotland v All Blacks 2:15PM (3:15AM
MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER NZT), MURRAYFIELD STADIUM, EDINBURGH

WEEK 4: SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER – England v All Blacks, 5:30PM
(6:30AM SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER NZT), TWICKENHAM, LONDON

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About Healthspan Elite: Healthspan Elite has been providing sports
nutrition supplements to the All Blacks since 2015. In 2020
Healthspan Elite became the All Blacks’ first official sports
nutrition partner, in 2022 the All Blacks sports nutrition range was
launched. Formulated by Experts, Trusted by Athletes. For more
information head to Healthspan Elite.
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pressoffice@healthspan.co.uk

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