Official All Blacks Squad for Iveco Series

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Silver Arrow, May 31, 2008.

  1. Silver Arrow

    Silver Arrow Guest

    All Blacks coach Graham Henry and his assistant coaches Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen have announced the following All Blacks squad for the 2008 Iveco Series and Philips Tri Nations:

    John Afoa Auckland
    Anthony Boric North Harbour
    Dan Carter Canterbury
    Stephen Donald Waikato
    Andy Ellis Canterbury
    Andrew Hore Taranaki
    Richard Kahui Waikato
    Jerome Kaino Auckland
    Sione Lauaki Waikato
    Brendon Leonard Waikato
    Richie McCaw © Canterbury
    Leon MacDonald Canterbury
    Keven Mealamu Auckland
    Mils Muliaina Waikato
    Ma’a Nonu Wellington
    Sitiveni Sivivatu Waikato
    Conrad Smith Wellington
    Greg Somerville Canterbury
    Rodney So’oialo Wellington
    Adam Thomson Otago
    Brad Thorn Tasman
    Neemia Tialata Wellington
    Anthony Tuitavake North Harbour
    Ali Williams Tasman
    Tony Woodcock North Harbour
    Rudi Wulf North Harbour

    The 26-man squad includes six first-time selections: North Harbour’s Anthony Boric, Anthony Tuitavake and Rudi Wulf; Waikato’s Stephen Donald and Richard Kahui; and Otago’s Adam Thomson.

    “The new players impressed in the Rebel Sport Super 14 and played their way into the squad,†said Henry. “A few of them were not in the frame at the beginning of the year, but they proved they were some of the form players in New Zealand rugby.â€

    Two players in the squad are carrying injuries that will rule them out of selection for at least the first Test on Saturday. Prop Tony Woodcock has a toe injury and halfback Brendon Leonard a bruised knee. Consequently, the Hurricanes’ John Schwalger and the Highlanders’ Jimmy Cowan will assemble with the All Blacks squad in Wellington this afternoon.

    Henry noted that the first Iveco Series Tests against Ireland would be a major challenge: “The Irish were strong when they came to New Zealand in 2006 and may be stronger this time. They’ve already been in camp for a couple of weeks, except for their Munster players who were winning the European championship. We need to be very aware of the challenge and focussed on the task at hand.â€

    Meanwhile, Blues wing Joe Rokocoko was not considered for selection due to injury.
     
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  3. bobilycious

    bobilycious Guest

    Its weird that Kieran Read missed out. Also Daniel Braid might not be awfully happy.
     
  4. candybum

    candybum Guest

    Well looks like Braid will be heading off shore? aw man that sucks.

    Can't believe Wulf made it... his defense prolly won him over Masaga

    Its not too bad... kind of very inexperienced though
     
  5. bobilycious

    bobilycious Guest

    Yea, I would have picked Masaga over Wulf. Masaga's defense can be worked on... but how do you give Wulf more flair? I annoyed my parents a fair bit last night trying to tell them that Scott Hamilton would definitely not make the squad B)
     
  6. candybum

    candybum Guest

    The Maori squads looks very strong however lol
     
  7. ChiefsFan

    ChiefsFan Guest

    Did anyone seriously think Braid would make it? Last year at the WC with a squad of 30 Holah wasn't picked and he was better than Braid. With only 26 members why would they pick another specialist?
     
  8. esoj

    esoj Guest

    I doubt any specialist 7 will be picked that often with mcCaw in the side.

    overall good squad I think plenty of experience and a couple of new faces too.
     
  9. ChiefsFan

    ChiefsFan Guest

    Looks like team for first game will be...
    Woodcock, Mealamu, Afoa
    Boric, Williams
    Kaino, McCaw, So'oalo
    Ellis
    Carter
    Nonu, Smith
    Sivivatu, Muliaina, Wulf/Tuitavakw

    With Hore, Tialata, Thompson, Lauaki, Cowan, Donald and Muliaina to come off the bench.

    I'd like to point out that Waikato has the most rep within the squad. Although the Crusaders have more in total.

    Harbour have more rep than Auckland! Although that's partially because Rokocoko is out.
     
  10. esoj

    esoj Guest

    woodcock won't be playing the first game due to injury.
     
  11. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    No Read? Oh man what a rip. Who the f*** is Adam Thompson? Really........ just why?

    Henry does it again.
     
  12. esoj

    esoj Guest

    read highly unlucky not to make it.
     
  13. ChiefsFan

    ChiefsFan Guest

    Move Tialata into 1 and then stick Sommerville on the bench.

    I don't think the team looks that bad... When you consider a Best 22...
    1 - Woodcock
    2 - Mealamu/Hore
    3 - Sommerville
    4 - Thorn
    5 - Williams
    6 - Kaino
    7 - McCaw
    8 - So'oalo
    9 - Leonard
    10 - Carter
    11 - Sivivatu
    12 - Nonu
    13 - Kahui!/Smith
    14 - Tuitavake
    15 - Muliaina

    16 - Hore/Mealamu
    17 - Tialata/Afoa
    18 - Boric
    19 - Lauaki
    20 - Ellis
    21 - Donald
    22 - Macdonald
     
  14. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    Looks ok but Masaga should be there instead of Wulf and Read instead of Thomson.

    Here's my 22:

    1. Woodcock
    2. Mealamu
    3. Somerville
    4. Thorn
    5. Williams
    6. Kaino (should be Read)
    7. McCaw
    8. So'oialo

    9. Ellis
    10. Carter
    11. Sivivatu
    12. Nonu
    13. Smith (would be Kahui but Nonu/Smith is an established pair, keep it going)
    14. Tuitavake
    15. Muliaina


    16. Hore
    17. Tialata
    18. Boric
    19. Lauaki
    20. Leonard
    21. Donlad (seems weird including this guy)
    22. MacDonald

    - Basically identical to chiefsfan, just start with Ellis. Actually doesn't look too bad.
     
  15. ChiefsFan

    ChiefsFan Guest

    I suppose the main issue is the depth though. When you look at the old team (WC) you had to pick one/two of Robinson, Williams or Jack, Sommerville, Hayman or Woodcock, Oliver, Hore or Mealamu, Evans or Carter, McAlister or Mauger, Howlett, Sivivatu or Rokocoko (or Gear). So now it's basically a near full strength team, but with far less backup...
     
  16. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    True that, I reckon that may be a good thing. We have a definite top XV to choose from, so hopefully there's none of that rotation kak this time round.
     
  17. jawmalawm24

    jawmalawm24 Guest

    All Blacks look alright so far but have to consider that some might be dropping off during the week because of fitness and some might still be brought in just incase.

    I think Masaga definately should of been in the squad his finishing skills are phenominal and he's Super14 leading try scorer with 8 trys so wtf?? Also Kieren Read got ripped off he's been playing awesome all season long and really deserves a shot at the black jersey.
     
  18. ChiefsFan

    ChiefsFan Guest

    Although I do believe Masaga should've been in, I can see why they chose Wulf instead.

    Read, however, was , I thought, a definate. Especially after last night's game. I am more annoyed that they didn't consider Messam. I mean, he posseses the same skills as Thompson and can also play 8, he wasn't even in the Training Squad :(
     
  19. peppers07

    peppers07 Guest

    Wheres Rokokoco is he injured?
     
  20. nam97

    nam97 Guest

    Yeah, somethings up with his hand. He had to have surgery on it so he'll miss the Iveco series but he could be back for the tri nations at the earliest.
     
  21. Dmx#1

    Dmx#1 Guest

    Highlighted changes I'm disgusted that people actually considering Somerville as a starting prop. His scrummaging is easily worse than Tialata and he MIGHT be even with Afoa on a GOOD day. He's Cack x10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000. I'd put Afoa ahead of because him and Woodcock are used to eachother and seem to work well together. No Somerville.Nada.Nope.
     
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