Ian Foster announced the All Blacks roster for the games against Fiji and Tonga for the Steinlager 2021 Series corresponding to the July international window. With cfour new names among which the Blues scrum half stands out Finlay christie, the convocation of 36 New Zealand players will have Samuel Whitelock as captain, although the absence of Sam Cane due to injury.
The back champion is joined Ethan de Groot from Highlanders; Ethan blackadder by Crusaders and Quinn Tupaea by Chiefs. All waiting for their first game with the black shirt.
In the New Zealand squad, the return of Luke Jacobson, Angus Ta’avao, David Havili, Braydon Ennor and the experienced Brodie Retallick, who recently returned from a season as a Japan Top League player.
“I want to congratulate all the selected players, especially new All Blacks Ethan de Groot, Ethan Blackadder, Finlay and Quinn. It is an incredibly special day for them and their families and we look forward to catching up when we get to the rally this week.” said the New Zealand head coach and added: “There will be players who will be disappointed to miss the competition and we also feel for them.” It should be noted that one of the names that resonates the most among the absent is that of TJ Perenara.
In addition to Cane, several other injured All Blacks were not considered Ofa Tuungafasi, Joe Moody, Jack Goodhue and Folau Fakatava.
All Blacks roster:
Forwards: Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, George Bower, Ethan de Groot, Nepo Laulala, Tyrel Lomax, Angus Ta’avao, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Tupou Vaa’i, Samuel Whitelock (captain ), Ethan Blackadder, Shannon Frizell, Akira Ioane, Luke Jacobson, Dalton Papalii, Ardie Savea, and Hoskins Sotutu.
Backs: Finlay Christie, Aaron Smith, Brad Weber, Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo’unga, Braydon Ennor, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Quinn Tupaea, Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Will Jordan, Damian McKenzie and Sevu Reece