New Zealand

Profiles of the 2015 Rugby World Cup teams.

The defending champions look in good form ahead of the Rugby World Cup. While they have a shaky World Cup history, the team must be quietly confident ahead of this year's tournament.

Steve Hansen - Coach

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

This is coach Steve Hansen's fourth World Cup. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Beauden Barrett - First-five/Fullback

All Black first-five Beauden Barrett.

First-five Barrett has become something of a super sub for the All Blacks, with his deceptive speed and strength causing plenty of problems for tiring defences. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Sam Cane - Flanker

The All Blacks flanker Sam Cane.

The heir apparent to captain Richie McCaw's openside throne, Cane made his debut as a 20-year-old in 2012. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Dan Carter - First Five

All Black first five Dan Carter.

The 33-year-old Carter is attending his fourth World Cup and will be a key figure if the All Blacks are to become the first side to defend their title. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Dane Coles - Hooker

The All Blacks hooker Dane Coles.

The 28-year-old hooker is playing in his first World Cup after watching the 2011 tournament from the pub with his mates. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Wyatt Crockett - Prop

All Blacks and Crusaders prop Wyatt Crockett.

The 32-year-old, 40 test All Black will play in his first Rugby World Cup as an All Black. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Charlie Faumuina - Prop

All Blacks prop Charlie Faumuina.

The 29-year-old, 127kg Auckland prop was one of the more nervous players around ahead of the naming of World Cup squad as he hadn't played international rugby this season. Photo: Photosport

Malakai Fekitoa - Midfielder

All Blacks Malakai Fekitoa and TJ Perenara celebrate 2014 Bledisloe Cup success.

Born in Tonga, Fekitoa was offered a scholarship to attend Wesley College in Auckland after a visit to New Zealand in 2009. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Ben Franks - Prop

All Black prop Ben Franks

The ability to play both propping positions gives Ben Franks an advantage in the squad. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Owen Franks - Prop

Owen Franks during an All Blacks training run, 2014.

Owen Franks is Ben Franks' younger brother and also a prop, but the 27-year-old is a starting tighthead, who currently has 72 Test caps. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Tawera Kerr-Barlow - Halfback

All Blacks halfback Tawera Kerr Barlow helped from Ellis Park in 2014.

Prior to the naming of the squad there was much debate over whether the selectors would take two or three halfbacks - they've gone with three, and Waikato's Kerr-Barlow got the nod. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Jerome Kaino - Loose Forward

All Black flanker Jerome Kaino.

Jerome Kaino was a key factor in the All Blacks winning the World Cup in 2011 with his powerful tackling and strong ball running skills. Photo: Photosport

Richie McCaw - Loose Forward

Richie McCaw holding the Hillary Shield after victory against England during the second test match in Dunedin earlier this month.

Richie McCaw enters his fourth Rugby World Cup as the most capped international test player of all time with 142 caps. Photo: AFP

Keven Mealamu - Hooker

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The 2015 World Cup will be the swansong for the popular 36-year-old hooker. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Liam Messam - Loose Forward

All Blacks loose forward Liam Messam.

The Chiefs loose forward missed out on the squad in 2011 and his selection this year was also close. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Nehe Milner-Skudder - Outside Back

Nehe Milner-Skudder

Nehe Milner-Skudder exploded onto the All Blacks' scene after a breakthrough 2015 season with the Hurricanes where he played on the right wing and fullback. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Waisake Naholo - Wing

The All Blacks wing Waisake Naholo.

There is no doubting Naholo's game breaking abilities. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Ma'a Nonu - Midfielder

All Black second-five Ma'a Nonu.

The 97-test veteran is in career best form, coming off the back of a stellar Super Rugby season with the Hurricanes and several match-winning performances in the Rugby Championship for the All Blacks. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

TJ Perenara - Halfback

All Black halfback TJ Perenara

The 23-year-old Perenara has spent most of his international career as halfback back-up to Aaron Smith and that is likely to continue at the World Cup. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Kieran Read - Loose Forward

Richie McCaw and Kieran Read in the sheds after retaining the Bledisloe Cup

With 77 tests under his belt in the black jersey Kieran Read is one of the senior players within the All Blacks squad. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Brodie Retallick - Lock

Brodie Retallick charges at the defence in the Test between the All Blacks and the Wallabies.

When it came to writing down his World Cup squad, Brodie Rettallick's name would have been one of the first on the list for coach Steve Hansen. Photo: PhotoSport

Luke Romano - Lock

All Black lock Luke Romano.

Romano has been selected as the third lock in the All Blacks squad behind Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Julian Savea - Wing

Julian Savea breaking through the Irish defensive line.

Nicknamed "The Bus" Julian Savea has long been touted as the next Jonah Lomu. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Colin Slade - First Five /Utility

All Blacks Colin Slade

Despite Steve Hansen's assertion that Colin Slade is picked as a first five eighths, it's his ability to play a variety of positions that has got him the selection nod. Photo: Photosport

Aaron Smith - Halfback

All Black halfback Aaron Smith

Rated by many as the best halfback in world rugby, Aaron Smith ignites the All Blacks backline with his lightning pass, regarded as one of quickest in the game. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Ben Smith - Fullback

All Black fullback Ben Smith

Regarded by many as the best fullback in the world, Smith spent much of his international career in competition with Israel Dagg for the No.15 jersey. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Conrad Smith - Centre

Conrad Smith of the All Blacks.

Part of the 'old firm' midfield combination with Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith offers invaluable experience, nous and calmness to the side. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Codie Taylor - Hooker

The All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor.

The 24-year-old Taylor is, like Coles, one of the new breed of hookers, with surprising speed and ball handling abilities for a front-rower. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Sonny Bill Williams - Second Five Eighths

Sonny Bill Williams will play his first test for the All Blacks in over two years.

The All Blacks coaching staff will be wanting to see Sonny Bill Williams stamp his mark on matches. They know what the 30-year-old is capable of but he hasn't really delivered this season during the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup. Photo: Photosport

Tony Woodcock - Prop

Tony Woodcock's season looks to be over

Tony Woodcock is one of the veterans of this All Blacks team, and he's the most-capped prop in New Zealand history, having played 115 Tests. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Sam Whitelock - Lock

All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock tries to break the tackle of Wallabies centre Adam Ashley-Cooper. Bledisloe Cup Rugby Union Test Match. Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 23 August 2014.

The 26-year-old will head to the World Cup as the All Blacks most senior lock with 66 caps to his name. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Victor Vito - Loose Forward

All Black Victor Vito in action.

Vito hasn't managed to make himself a permanent part of the All Blacks in recent years with the coaches often asking him to work on various parts of his game. Photo: PHOTOSPORT