2 Aug 2017

New faces in ABs training squad

1:54 pm on 2 August 2017

The All Blacks are bringing three new names into the fold in their training squad to prepare for the upcoming Rugby Championship.

Richard Buckman

Richard Buckman Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 34-man squad does not feature any Crusaders, who are in Johannesburg for the Super Rugby final.

Highlanders utitlity back Richard Buckman, lock Tom Franklin and Chiefs prop Atu Moli are all in the squad for the two day camp in Christchurch.

Props Nepo Laulala and Jeff To'omaga Allen both return after absences from the set-up, while Chiefs midfielder Charlie Ngatai is also back in the frame after battling concussion since his test debut in 2015.

The final squad for the Rugby Championship will be named on August 7.


Hookers: Dane Coles and Nathan Harris.

Props: Kane Hames, Nepo Laulala, Atu Moli, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen and Ofa Tu'ungafasi.

Locks: Dominic Bird, Tom Franklin, Brodie Retallick and Patrick Tuipulotu.

Loose Forwards: Sam Cane, Vaea Fifita, Akira Ioane, Jerome Kaino, Ardie Savea and Liam Squire.


Halfbacks: Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara and Aaron Smith.

First five-eighths: Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie and Lima Sopoaga.

Midfielders: Richard Buckman, Ngani Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown, Charlie Ngatai and Sonny Bill Williams.

Outside backs: Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea and Ben Smith.