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All Blacks 2024 Steinlager Ultra Low Carb Series squad announced

All Blacks 2024 Steinlager Ultra Low Carb Series squad announced

NZRUJune 24, 2024

All Blacks 2024 Steinlager Ultra Low Carb Series squad announced

Scott Barrett has been named as the new All Blacks captain, with a 32-strong squad including five uncapped players announced today ahead of the 2024 Steinlager Ultra Low Carb Series.

The squad selected by All Blacks Head Coach Scott Robertson and his four assistant coaches Scott Hansen, Jason Holland, Leon MacDonald and Jason Ryan, will play two Tests against England in Dunedin and Auckland, and one against Fiji in San Diego.

The 32-strong Steinlager Ultra Low Carb Series squad is as follows: (age, Super Rugby club, province, Test caps)


* denotes new cap

Forwards (18)

Hookers
Asafo Aumua (27 / Hurricanes / Wellington / 6)

Codie Taylor (33 / Crusaders / Canterbury / 85)
George Bell* (22 / Crusaders / Canterbury / 0)

Props
Ethan De Groot (25 / Highlanders / Southland / 22)
Tyrel Lomax (28 / Hurricanes / Tasman / 32)
Fletcher Newell (24 / Crusaders / Canterbury / 13)
Pasilio Tosi* (25 / Hurricanes / Bay of Plenty / 0)
Ofa Tu’ungafasi (32 / Blues / Northland / 57)
Tamaiti Williams (23 / Crusaders / Canterbury / 7)


Locks
Scott Barrett (30 / Crusaders / Taranaki / 69) (Captain)
Tupou Vaa’i (24 / Chiefs / Taranaki / 25)

Patrick Tuipulotu (31 / Blues / Auckland / 43)

Loose Forwards
Ethan Blackadder (29 / Crusaders / Tasman / 10)

Samipeni Finau (25 / Chiefs / Waikato / 1)
Luke Jacobson (27 / Chiefs / Waikato / 18)
Dalton Papali’i (26 / Blues / Counties Manukau / 32)
Ardie Savea (30 / Hurricanes / Wellington / 81) (Vice Captain)

Wallace Sititi* (21 / Chiefs / North Harbour / 0)

Backs (14)

Halfbacks
Finlay Christie (28 / Blues / Tasman / 21)
TJ Perenara (32 / Hurricanes / Wellington / 80)
Cortez Ratima* (23 / Chiefs / Waikato / 0)


First five-eighths
Beauden Barrett (33 / Blues / Taranaki / 123)

Damian McKenzie (29 / Chiefs / Waikato / 47)

Mid-fielders
Jordie Barrett (27 / Hurricanes / Taranaki / 57) (Vice Captain)
Rieko Ioane (27 / Blues / Auckland / 67)

Anton Lienert-Brown (29 / Chiefs / Waikato / 70)
Billy Proctor* (25 / Hurricanes / Wellington / 0)

Outside backs
Caleb Clarke (25 / Blues / Auckland / 20)
Emoni Narawa (24 / Chiefs / Bay of Plenty / 1)
Stephen Perofeta (27 / Blues / Taranaki / 3)
Sevu Reece (27 / Crusaders / Southland / 23)

Mark Tele’a (27 / Blues / North Harbour/ 9)

The following players were not considered due to injury: Sam Cane, Will Jordan, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Cam Roigard.

Scott Barrett, 30, will become the 81st man to captain the All Blacks in a Test should he add to the 69 Test caps he has earned since his debut against Ireland in 2016, and will be assisted by two Vice Captains in Ardie Savea and Jordie Barrett.

“When you think of the leaders who have gone before you, it’s quite humbling to be asked to captain the All Blacks, so it’s not something I took lightly. It’s a big responsibility, but I have two great leaders beside me in Ardie and Jordie, and I know we’ll have the full backing of the coaches,” Barrett said.

Robertson said his long-standing relationship with Scott Barrett was a factor in his choice of captain.

“There are some great leaders in our group, but having that existing connection to Scott was important. He’s tactically astute, he leads from the front, and he’s got the respect of the players and coaches. Leadership is a shared responsibility and Ardie, Jordie and our wider leadership group will be crucial to how we come together and connect ahead of the first Test against England.

“As a coaching group, we are excited about the squad we’ve selected. We know it’s a group that can play the style of rugby we want the All Blacks to play in 2024.”

Robertson also congratulated the five uncapped players in the squad – hooker George Bell, prop Pasilio Tosi, halfback Cortez Ratima, centre Billy Proctor and loose forward Wallace Sititi, who at 21-years-old is the youngest player in the squad.

“It’s a proud moment for them and their families. They’ve earned their places through performance and consistency and it’s an exciting time in their careers. As coaches, we will get them ready so they can take their opportunity when it comes.”

The All Blacks Steinlager Low Carb Series squad will gather at NZCIS in Wellington for the first time on Wednesday 26 June where they’ll be joined by hundreds of junior rugby players and guests to officially launch the 2024 Test season.

Blues lock Sam Darry, Hurricanes outside back Ruben Love and the Crusaders pair of prop George Bower and midfielder David Havili will also assemble with the squad as cover.


2024 Ultra Low Carb Steinlager Series

Saturday 6 July
All Blacks vs England, 7.05PM (NZST), Forsyth Barr Stadium, DUNEDIN

Saturday 13 July
All Blacks vs England, 7.05PM (NZST), Eden Park, AUCKLAND

Saturday 20 July
All Blacks vs Fiji, 2.30PM (NZST), SnapDragon Stadium, SAN DIEGO

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