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Powerful All Black team annouced for European tour

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen and his fellow selectors Assistant Coach Ian Foster and former All Black Grant Fox have announced the squad for the All Blacks Air New Zealand European Tour to Scotland, Italy, Wales and England with two new All Blacks, Dane Coles and Tawera Kerr-Barlow, selected.

The squad is: (with province and Test caps. * denotes a new cap)

Forwards:

Hookers
Dane Coles – Wellington *
Andrew Hore – Taranaki (72)
Keven Mealamu – Auckland (100)

Props
Wyatt Crockett – Canterbury (7)
Charlie Faumuina – Auckland (4)
Ben Franks – Canterbury (21)
Owen Franks – Canterbury (41)
Tony Woodcock – North Harbour (92)

Locks
Brodie Retallick – Bay of Plenty (10)
Luke Romano – Canterbury (8)
Ali Williams – Auckland (75)
Samuel Whitelock – Canterbury (35)

Loose forwards
Sam Cane – Bay of Plenty (4)
Richie McCaw (captain) – Canterbury (113)
Liam Messam – Waikato (17)
Kieran Read – Canterbury (45)
Adam Thomson – Otago (28)
Victor Vito – Wellington (17)

Backs:

Halfbacks
Tawera Kerr–Barlow – Waikato *
Aaron Smith – Manawatu (10)
Piri Weepu – Auckland (66)

First five-eighths
Beauden Barrett – Taranaki (2)
Daniel Carter – Canterbury (92)
Aaron Cruden – Manawatu (18)

Midfielders
Tamati Ellison – Otago (3)
Ma’a Nonu – Wellington (73)
Conrad Smith – Wellington (63)

Outside backs
Israel Dagg – Hawke’s Bay (22)
Hosea Gear – Wellington (13)
Cory Jane – Wellington (38)
Ben Smith – Otago (9)
Julian Savea – Wellington (5)

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