3 Jun 2012

Seven new caps named in All Blacks squad for Ireland

3:44 pm on 3 June 2012

Seven new caps have been named in coach Steve Hansen's first All Blacks squad.

Hansen's announced a 30 strong squad for three tests against Ireland, the first of which is in Auckland on Saturday.

Three of the new caps are from the Super rugby competition leaders the Chiefs and are prop Ben Tameifuna, loose forward Sam Cane and lock Brodie Retallick.

The other new cap in the forwards is Crusaders lock Luke Romano.

The newcomers in the backs are Hurricanes first five Beauden Barrett and winger Julian Savea and Highlanders halfback Aaron Smith.

Despite their lack of recent form World Cup winners and Blues players Piri Weepu, Ma'a Nonu and Ali Williams have been inlcluded in the squad.

Other notable inclusions are Highlanders Hosea Gear and Tamati Ellison.

Crusaders halfback Andy Ellis misses out.

Steve Hansen will name his side for the first test on Thursday.

The full squad is:

Richie McCaw, captain, Andrew Hore, Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Ben Tameifuna,

Tony Woodcock, Bodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Ali Williams, Sam Cane, Kieran Read, Adam Thomson, Victor Vito Wellington, Aaron Smith, Piri Weepu, Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett, Tamati Ellison, Ma'a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Dagg, Hosea Gear, Zac Guildford, Ben Smith, Julian Savea.