New Zealand names training squad ahead of June England tests

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Steve Hansen has named a wider squad of 36 players to attend training camps in the build-up to England’s tour to New Zealand in June.

There are five uncapped players in the squad: Hookers Nathan Harris and Liam Coltman of the Chiefs and Highlanders respectively, second row Patrick Tuipilotu of the Blues, scrum half TJ Perenara of the Hurricanes and centre Malakai Fekitoa, also of the Highlanders.

The two training camps will be held in Christchurch from Sunday 18 May – Tuesday 20 May and Wellington from Sunday 25 May – Tuesday 27 May.

Hansen said the limit of 35 players at each camp meant that there were several players that the management are already familiar with that have been left out of the squad for the camps.

The official 31-man All Blacks squad for the three test series against England will be named on Sunday June 1st. The three tests will be played at Eden Park, Auckland, on Saturday 7 June; Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin, on Saturday 14 June; and Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, on Saturday 21 June.

New Zealand wider training squad:

Hookers: Keven Mealamu (Blues), Nathan Harris** (Chiefs), Dane Coles (Hurricanes), Liam Coltman** (Highlanders)

Props: Charlie Faumuina (Blues), Tony Woodcock (Blues), Ben Franks (Hurricanes), Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders), Owen Franks (Crusaders)

Locks: Patrick Tuipulotu** (Blues), Brodie Retallick (Chiefs), Jeremy Thrush* (Hurricanes), Dominic Bird (Crusaders) and Sam Whitelock (Crusaders)

Loose Forwards: Jerome Kaino (Blues), Steven Luatua (Blues), Sam Cane (Chiefs), Liam Messam (Chiefs), Victor Vito (Hurricanes), Richie McCaw (Crusaders), Kieran Read (Crusaders) and Luke Whitelock* (Crusaders)

Scrum-halves: Tawera Kerr–Barlow (Chiefs), TJ Perenara** (Hurricanes), Aaron Smith (Highlanders)

Fly-halves: Aaron Cruden (Chiefs), Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes), Colin Slade (Crusaders)

Centres: Ma’a Nonu (Blues), Conrad Smith (Hurricanes), Ryan Crotty (Crusaders), Malakai Fekitoa** (Highlanders)

Outside Backs: Cory Jane (Hurricanes) Julian Savea (Hurricanes), Israel Dagg (Crusaders), Ben Smith (Highlanders)

* Thrush will be attending the Wellington camp only and Luke Whitelock the Christchurch camp.

** Uncapped

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

7 thoughts on “New Zealand names training squad ahead of June England tests

  1. As always there is good and bad to the All Black sqaud. Its good to see the Franks brothers , Kaino and some new blood in the mix. Not so good to see the likes of Slade back and i simply dont care what the media says about how good he is this year. If the all you want is a flyhalf that just kicks then pick Morne Steyn. Slade ,even after all these years still struggles to run with the ball in hand and makes simple erros when he is not even under pressure. Even England knows that.

    1. I think that Grundy was also being sarcastic?

      As fo rthe 10’s, are they looking at a steady back-up to Barrett (whom would be my pick) and Cruden, perhaps?

  2. I think Grundy just havnt got a decent education. As for the number 10 jersey, all i am saying is that Slade had his chance and he blew it. Its time to find a better backup then him. He (Slade) would be a good fly-half in any other country but unfortunately Carter has raised the bar so high that its been a struggle for years to replace him. Barrett is that one glimmer of hope though. Now he is in need of a backup.
    Ps. Dave, get a life or a husband. Both perhaps.

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