Richard Ferguson

Conservative squad for Hansen

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content on 4 Jun 2012 at 10:30
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New Zealand coach Steve Hanson has named relatively safe 30 man squad for his team’s three test series against Ireland, with a few new caps included, but the most surprising selection being that of Piri Weepu.

Seven players can earn their first All Black caps in this series, with Beauden Barrett, Sam Cane, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Julian Savea, Aaron Smith and Ben Tameifuna all first timers in the New Zealand setup.

The somewhat surprising selection of Piri Weepu, seemingly only to lead the haka at the start of every match, has led to Andy Ellis not cracking the nod, with young Aaron Smith likely to see game time in the nine jersey. The halfback combination will be a new one as Dan Carter is sure to start ahead of both Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett, unless Carter is preferred at inside centre.

Hansen has a fair amount of injuries that has kept a few players out of his squad, including outside back Corey Jane, who was in superb form before getting injured and centre Richard Kahui, who would have played on the wing.

Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot has been named as standby for the currently injured Keven Mealamu.

Forwards: Sam Cane, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Andrew Hore, Richie McCaw (captain), Keven Mealamu, Kieran Read, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Ben Tameifuna, Adam Thomson, Victor Vito, Sam Whitelock, Ali Williams, Tony Woodcock.

Backs: Beauden Barrett, Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden, Israel Dagg, Tamati Ellison, Hosea Gear, Zac Guildford, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Piri Weepu, Sonny Bill Williams.


  • Why not let Perenara go to the JWC if he isn’t going to be selected for the All Blacks,special player though who I have no doubt when he gets his hands on that All Black no.9 jersey,it will an extraordinary player to take it away from him

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.06.12 10:46:54 by Ludz Reply
  • @Ludz (Comment 1) : Agreed him and Smith are the future at 9. exciting combo with Cruden at ten at RWC 2015

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.06.12 11:21:49 by chucky Reply
  • Is Weepu fit enough to lead the Haka? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.06.12 11:25:17 by CS Reply
  • @CS (Comment 3) : andy ellis dropped for piri weepu? 😯

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.06.12 11:39:31 by Megatron Reply
  • @CS (Comment 3) : @Megatron (Comment 4) : New Zealand seemed to have taken notice of the way the Boks used Ricky Januarie later on in his career 😉

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.06.12 11:52:50 by vanmartin Reply
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  • @Ludz (Comment 1) : It doesn’t make any sense! When I heard he hadn’t been selected I thought it was because he was guaranteed a senior call-up. He didn’t even make the training squad!!

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.06.12 12:16:44 by ChrisS Reply
  • @Megatron (Comment 4) : I know…crazy!!! Ellis has been playing so well!

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.06.12 12:17:15 by ChrisS Reply
  • All Blacks aren’t looking so intimidating anymore. Anybody know how and why Matt Todd missed out on selection. Felt he should have been at the World Cup last year. Amazing player!!!

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.06.12 12:18:11 by ChrisS Reply

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