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All Blacks name training squad

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Tri Nations on 27 May 2008 at 08:44

The All Blacks named nine uncapped players in a 25-man training squad announced on Tuesday for Tests next month against Ireland and England and the upcoming Tri-Nations series.

News24 reports that the new-look group is missing 11 players who have quit the All Blacks since last year’s failed Rugby World Cup campaign, including flank Jerry Collins, who announced his retirement from the New Zealand game on Monday.

All Blacks coach Graham Henry said Collins would not have made the squad anyway due to indifferent form.

Also missing is Hurricanes scrumhalf Piri Weepu, who played his last Test in June last year, World Cup loose forward Chris Masoe and centre Isaia Toeava.

The 25-strong training group also does not include several likely Test contenders from the Crusaders, who play the Super 14 final against the Waratahs on Saturday.

The final 26-member All Black squad for the Ireland and England Tests and the Tri-Nations series will be named on Sunday.

In the absence of Weepu, Jimmy Cowan of the Highlanders and Brendon Leonard of the Chiefs have been named as scrumhalves in the squad, with the Crusaders’ Andy Ellis also in contention.

Uncapped players in the group include Blues lock Anthony Boric and Highlanders lock Tom Donnelly. New players from the Chiefs are lock Kevin O’Neill, flyhalf Stephen Donald and centre Richard Kahui.

Blues centre Anthony Tuitavake has been included, along with wing Rudi Wulf and Highlanders utility back Paul Williams.

With Collins out of the frame, contenders for his blindside flank position include Highlanders loose forward Adam Thomson, the Blues’ Jerome Kaino – both included in the training group – and the Crusaders’ Kieran Read.

Henry backed Collins’s decision to retire from New Zealand rugby, saying he would not have been chosen for the All Blacks squad due to his unimpressive form in the Super 14.

“He wouldn’t have got in the All Blacks in this first selection anyway,” Henry said. “His form had wavered and he’d be the first to agree with that.

“I talked to him two weeks ago and said to him that it was a very competitive position and that other guys were playing better than he was at the time.

“We watched him play against the Blues for the Hurricanes and the semi-final against the Crusaders last weekend, and things didn’t change a great deal in that respect.”

But Henry said he did not believe his conversation with Collins had been a factor in the 48-Test veteran’s decision to retire from the game in New Zealand.

“I think he made the decision to move on some time ago.”

The 27-year-old Collins said on Monday he wanted a break from the game after playing for the Barbarians against England at Twickenham on Sunday, but indicated he would be open to playing overseas later.

All Black training group:

John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Daniel Braid, Jimmy Cowan, Stephen Donald, Tom Donnelly, Andrew Hore, Richard Kahui, Jerome Kaino, Sione Lauaki, Brendon Leonard, Keven Mealamu, Mils Muliaina, Ma’a Nonu, Kevin O’Neill, John Schwalger, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Conrad Smith, Rodney So’oialo, Adam Thomson, Neemia Tialata, Anthony Tuitavake, Paul Williams, Tony Woodcock, Rudi Wulf.


  • All Blacks coach Graham Henry said Collins would not have made the squad anyway due to indifferent form.

    yeah right mate, sounds like sour grapes to me…….

  • Comment 1, posted at 27.05.08 08:46:40 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • That squad does not look nearly as intimidating as All Black squads from the past and that is allowing for the omission of the Crusaders players. Me thinks this Tri Nations could be the most competitive for ages. The Aussies could prove the toughest nut to crack!

  • Comment 2, posted at 27.05.08 10:02:25 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 2) :

    I had similar thoughts, but “I” changed my mind when I realised there were no Saders in there. 🙂

  • Comment 3, posted at 27.05.08 10:05:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • 25 as opposed to the Bok 67535 …. excluded Jannie of course

  • Comment 4, posted at 27.05.08 10:24:45 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • Good to see Schwalger rewarded with this beastly form…

    Still find it hard to comprehend Jerry retiring…

  • Comment 5, posted at 27.05.08 10:55:39 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 5) :

    I find Henry’s comment that he would have made the AB side anyway, even harder to comprehend. 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 27.05.08 11:02:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) :

    Yeah ditto… crazy stuff…

  • Comment 7, posted at 27.05.08 11:03:29 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • With the lack of a S14 thread i thought I would post this link and extracts here. 😯

    Has Rofstus moved from PTA to Christchurch? 😯 🙄


    Abusive behaviour spoils fan’s rugby night
    By PHIL HAMILTON – The Press | Tuesday, 27 May 2008

    A Hurricanes supporter has warned Waratahs fans to stay away from Christchurch after his Saturday night was ruined by boorish behaviour.

    AMI Stadium is investigating after Hurricanes fan Craig Holden, 36, was abused at Saturday night’s …………..

    From the readers comments……………..

    Rugby is all theyve got down there and that inbreed Saders fan just cant handle his booze.

    I was there in 2000 when Wellington won the NPC final against Canterbury. People were throwing half full cans of beer at the heads of Wellington supporters

    there was this overweight little brat of about 14 years old, sitting WITH his parents and he did nothing but swear and abuse me and my NZ friends all through the match. Twice he threw bottles at us and I wanted to kick his teeth in when I overheard his dad encourage the behavoiur.

  • Comment 8, posted at 27.05.08 11:15:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • On a different note…just thought I’ll share this little rugby gem with you..

    Yesterday on the way back home, Mila (my 5year old) starts this conversation in a very serious note. (They were at a friends on Saturday while we were at a party and watching rugby). “Ma, ma weet, die Sharks het verloor. Maar, ma weet, daai een ou het ons Sharkie “seer” getackle, en ma, jy weet, daai ou doen dit altyd….well the “SEER tackle turned out to be a “SPEAR” tackle – or the attemted one on Saturday! Then she asked me what a “HA” tackle was…I can only assume that’s a HIGH tackle spoken in Ausie… 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 27.05.08 11:28:06 by I'ce (TKMITFM) Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : That’s sad.

  • Comment 10, posted at 27.05.08 11:31:37 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @I’ce (TKMITFM) (Comment 9) :

    Or in Dutch 😳

    Dit was a HA tackle daai!!!!!!!!!!! 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 27.05.08 11:32:03 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 10) :

    This is just as SAD. This guy has binned his season ticket at his home Stadium because of the crowd behavior. 🙁

    Absolutely! We’re all a bunch of opinionated rednecks down here. We are as bad as the closed minded folk at Twickenham, with their racial slurs and snobby imperialism…

    I had season tickets last year and what I bore witness to was exactly the same as Craig Holden experienced. I thought I was shocked and appalled at Twickenham in November 2005 when the All Blacks played England there. That particular match was a focal point for a year later, the Twickenham faithful was brought under examination by a few NZ journalists, citing both Aaron Mauger & Anton Oliver as sources for what they heard as blatant racism coming from the England supporters.

    Now, as mentioned before, I jokingly mocked us one eyed Cantabs as rednecks, but I personally have not heard any racism come from any given Crusader/Canterbury supporter outright. But the article above does reflect a fair degree of the Christchurch faithful that attend the game itself.

    I have stopped going to the games by in large as a result of the disillusionment I feel toward the NZRU on their policies, the state of the game in general, and reappointing the coaches after last years world cup debacle. But part of my absence has to do with the abusive supporters we Cantabs are now becoming renowned for. I can understand parochialism, but not outright abuse and threats to others. It embarrassed me when I was there, and many times I wanted to step in and tell people to shut their gobs. But then the response would be something stupid like ???What???s wrong with you, you little Faggot!???? or something to that value, it just seems pointless to try and reason otherwise. Mothers have kids that go to the game and sit near these ???supporters??? and they are exposed to all sorts of colourful behaviour and expletives.

    As we can all now see, we are now the ones under the spot light. It gets worse when you get into town. I suggest any opposition take off their jerseys if they want to have a good night in town and leave unscathed. I have seen a few punch ups all because some Cantab idiot decided to ridicule an opposition supporter, because of our small minded bigotry, they lacked the brain power to actually say anything useful. The inevitable reply was witty and funny, but the redneck did not understand and so decided to throw a punch. Game over.

    It???s a case of the very few ruining it for the many, but if its making a headline on NZ premier rugby website, then maybe its getting worse???


  • Comment 12, posted at 27.05.08 11:36:12 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I have seen a few punch ups all because some Cantab idiot decided to ridicule an opposition supporter, because of our small minded bigotry, they lacked the brain power to actually say anything useful. The inevitable reply was witty and funny, but the redneck did not understand and so decided to throw a punch

    Sounds SOOOO Familiar!!!!!!!!!!!! 😆 :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 27.05.08 11:38:05 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 13) : Unfortunately the morons that behave in such a fashion lack the mental capability to realise that their behaviour is inappropriate. It is probably rewarded with a pat on the back from their equally less evolved friends.

  • Comment 14, posted at 27.05.08 11:51:28 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

  • @racheltjiedebeer (Comment 14) :

    At the S14 final last year there was this HUGE Bull sitting in the row in front of us.

    next to Murph and myself was this little indian dude who spilt his drink on the Bull as we score the match winning try (so we thought 😉 )

    Anyway, This guy owes Brian Habana his life. Had brian not scored that try the bull would not have stopped climbing over the rail to celebrate…….. 😳

  • Comment 15, posted at 27.05.08 11:55:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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