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 Â© Canterbury Leon MacDonald Canterbury Keven Mealamu Auckland Mils Muliaina Waikato Maâ€™a Nonu Wellington Sitiveni Sivivatu Waikato Conrad Smith Wellington Greg Somerville Canterbury Rodney Soâ€™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 Harbourâ€™s Anthony Boric, Anthony Tuitavake and Rudi Wulf; Waikatoâ€™s Stephen Donald and Richard Kahui; and Otagoâ€™s Adam Thomson. â€œThe new players impressed in the Rebel Sport Super 14 and played their way into the squad,â€ said Henry. â€œA 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 Hurricanesâ€™ John Schwalger and the Highlandersâ€™ 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: â€œThe Irish were strong when they came to New Zealand in 2006 and may be stronger this time. Theyâ€™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.