21-year-old lock starts for All Blacks

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content on 7 Jun 2012 at 09:00
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South Africa aren’t the only team who will embark on their 2012 Test campaign with a greenhorn in engine room. New All Black coach Steven Hansen has taken a leaf out of Heyneke Meyer’s book in naming his own Eben Etzebeth – Chiefs lock Brodie Retallick – to start against Ireland.

The 21-year-old second rower is one of three debutants in an otherwise settled looking All Black side featuring Dan Carter and Richie McCaw back in their established posts. Form has featured in the selection of the other two newcomers, with Highlanders scrumhalf Aaron Smith fancied over Piri Weepu and Canes winger Julian Savea handed the number 11 jersey.

Crusaders players are well-represented up-front, with prop Owen Franks, lock Sam Whitelock and number 8 Kieran Read joining captain McCaw in the pack, whilst the backline features an exciting centre combination in the Chief’s Sonny Bill Williams alongside veteran Conrad Smith.

NEW ZEALAND – 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Zac Guildford, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Sonny Bill Williams, 11-Julian Savea, 10-Dan Carter, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 6-Victor Vito, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Brodie Retallick, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Andrew Hore, 1-Tony Woodcock.

Replacements: 16-Hika Elliot, 17-Ben Franks, 18-Ali Williams, 19-Adam Thomson, 20-Piri Weepu, 21-Aaron Cruden, 22-Ben Smith.


  • Long day for the Irish if this team gels…

  • Comment 1, posted at 07.06.12 09:04:50 by The Quirk Reply
    The Quirk
  • @The Quirk (Comment 1) : You said it. And even if the AB’s don’t gel, the Irish will still bleed.

  • Comment 2, posted at 07.06.12 10:35:24 by King Shark Reply
    King Shark
  • Surprised not to see Hosea Gear in the team in place of Guilford. He’s been impressive this year!!

    Any thoughts on why Sam Cane cracked the nod in the squad ahead of Matt Todd?

  • Comment 3, posted at 07.06.12 10:45:26 by ChrisS Reply
  • Julian Savea,now that’s 1 man Sharks XV centre Wandile Mjekevu won’t forget from the IRB JWC in 2010,Mjekevu was worked quite a bit by on defence by a powerhouse named Julian Savea,that Keresoma looks like another 1 in the Savea mould

  • Comment 4, posted at 07.06.12 11:06:09 by Ludz Reply

  • Hammer time!

  • Comment 5, posted at 07.06.12 11:31:17 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • @ChrisS (Comment 3) : Was wondering the same regarding Cane.

  • Comment 6, posted at 07.06.12 12:22:50 by vanmartin Reply
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