22 Jun 2021

New faces picked for All Blacks squad

From Morning Report, 8:28 am on 22 June 2021

New faces have been injected into the All Blacks but coach Ian Foster has taken a conservative path by naming Sam Whitelock captain in his first squad selection of the year.

Midfield back Quinn Tupaea, halfback Finlay Christie, loose forward Ethan Blackadder and prop Ethan de Groot win promotion to a 36-man squad for home Tests next month against Fiji and Tonga.

Crusaders prop George Bower is a fifth uncapped player, although he has been part of a previous squad.

Former All Black Frank Bunce and RNZ rugby reporter Joe Porter spoke to Corin Dann.