22 Jun 2021

Uncapped players feature in first All Blacks squad of 2021

From Morning Report, 7:48 am on 22 June 2021

Five uncapped players are part of the first All Blacks team of the year.

Props George Bower and Ethan de Groot, flanker Ethan Blackadder, halfback Finlay Christie and midfielder Quinn Tupaea have been included in a 36-strong squad for a test against Tonga and two against Fiji next month.

The selections come with a handful of senior players, including captain Sam Cane, either injured or unavailable for the All Blacks opening hit out of the 2021 international season.

Clay Wilson reports.