Richard Ferguson

All Blacks World Cup squad

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :All Blacks, Original Content, RWC 2015 on 31 Aug 2015 at 07:44
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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen named his 31 man squad to defend the World Cup starting in less than three weeks.

The only real surprise was the inclusion of wing Waisake Naholo, while Cory Jane and Israel Dagg were considered unlucky not to make the squad. Their omission from the squad is understandable though, as both have been suffering with injuries and a clear lack of form during the Super Rugby season.

Naholo, who broke his leg just a month ago in his debut match against Argentina, was ruled out of making the squad after his injury, but miraculously recovered after seeking alternative healing methods in his native Fiji.

There was mixed feelings about the inclusion of utility back Nehe Milner-Skudder, who had a superb Super Rugby season, and completed the transition to International Rugby with a great debut. Fans are divided whether taking such an inexperienced player to the World Cup is a good idea.

Another who can count himself unlucky is Lima Sopoaga, who missed the cut. Hansen opted to take Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett who doubles as cover on the wing and at fullback, as well as Colin Slade.

Richie McCaw heads into his fourth World Cup and is aiming to be the first captain to lift the World Cup twice.

31-man All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad:

Backs: Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Ma’a Nonu, Colin Slade, Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Forwards: Kieran Read, Victor Vito, Liam Messam, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Richie McCaw (captain), Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Dane Coles, Keven Mealamu, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Tony Woodcock, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks


  • No that’s a world cup squad!!!

    “Fans are divided whether taking such an inexperienced player to the World Cup is a good idea”
    At least he’s not a player with 0 caps.

  • Comment 1, posted at 31.08.15 07:52:14 by Seth101 Reply
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  • Scarily good squad! And we can learn a lot from them, dropping out of form Jane and Dagg. And only one pick in naholo who has injury concerns.

  • Comment 2, posted at 31.08.15 07:53:41 by Dragnipur Reply
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  • Did Naholo see a witch-doctor in Fiji? 😯

  • Comment 3, posted at 31.08.15 08:18:51 by Ben Reply
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  • Naholo is not that much of a surprise pick if u think about it. He has picked Barrett,Slade and Milne Skudder that can all cover fb so no need to pick Dagg or Jane. He went with Naholo as his ‘luxury’ pick as he knows that Naholo can turn a game on its head and score from nothing…and thats what he picked him- dont expect him to feature in every game tho.

  • Comment 4, posted at 31.08.15 09:00:47 by SheldonK Reply

  • The alarming things that where we have Zane,the A.B’s have no place for Dagg and Corey Jane,where we have Morne the A.B’s have no place for Sopoaga ,thats the whole story

  • Comment 5, posted at 31.08.15 09:01:47 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : Anyone of those players would not only make our squad they would make our starting 15 easily, scary.

  • Comment 6, posted at 31.08.15 09:23:59 by Seth101 Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 5) : I’m going to pretend I didn’t read that as it’s just too depressing to dwell on

  • Comment 7, posted at 31.08.15 09:43:49 by vanmartin Reply
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  • No Sopoaga?

  • Comment 8, posted at 31.08.15 09:59:47 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Look guys, we just have to face the fact that the All Blacks have a better pool of players to choose from than we do. It is just a fact. That in itself is not HMs fault. But it does mean that we absolutely have to make the best of what we do have! And there may be a few issues that have to do with HM…

  • Comment 9, posted at 31.08.15 10:22:39 by pastorshark Reply
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  • We may be looking upon this with envy, but don’t think for a moment the locals are happy. From the NZ Herald (here

    Four years in the making, it is dotted with untested, unfit, uncertain, under-done selections.

    … even Mealamu is running on old legs, likewise Tony Woodcock although he tends to save his best for the black jersey, Codie Taylor is an unknown quantity and looks average, big Charlie Faumuina is well short on game time, a fourth lock couldn’t be found, Liam Messam is going sideways, Victor Vito is a nearly man, Tawera Kerr-Barlow has hardly played this year, TJ Perenara has not stamped his mark at halfback …

    And so it goes on.

  • Comment 10, posted at 31.08.15 11:23:22 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 9) : I think you are being naive if you think they have a bigger pool,they don’t.They have spent the last four years developing new players,where as out coaching staff have spent the last four years desperately trying to hang onto guys who won a world cup 8 years ago.These guys couldn’t do it four years ago what makes him think they can do it now.
    The biggest disgrace is he knew full well four years ago that he was expected to develop ,more players of colour.That is something that is not going to go away and why should it.But he developed the square root of F.A.
    Koilisi ,Page go into this cup as green as grass,why weren’t they played in the championship,they are good players just not given the chances he has heaped on players who haven’t played a day in South Africa for years.Why should I get behind guys like Britz,Louw,Pienaar,du Preez, Zane,Habbanna, they do nothing for me .

  • Comment 11, posted at 31.08.15 11:27:55 by The hound Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 11) : I didn’t say they have a bigger pool, I said they have a better pool. They do. They just do. Their pool of Super Rugby players has more skills than ours…full stop. And they have those skills before they ever get to Super Rugby. Their development at the lower levels (starting from well below Super Rugby) is just better than ours…and it shows…

  • Comment 12, posted at 31.08.15 12:14:21 by pastorshark Reply
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  • The question we should be asking is “why do we have so many injured players?”. The All Blacks manage their players so much better that they have more fit players to choose from. We have to take injured players as that is all we’ve got. A proper rotation system will prolong players careers and create depth.

  • Comment 13, posted at 31.08.15 14:13:54 by Orelando_G Reply


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