All Blacks & Maori All Blacks Squads Named For Lions Tour

These squads are frightening.

The All Blacks and the Maori All Blacks have both named their squad for their upcoming games with the British & Irish Lions. The Maori All Blacks will take on Gatland’s men on June 17 in Rotorua while the All Blacks will of course take them on in a three-Test series beginning on June 24.

Jordie, Beauden and Scott Barrett have become the first sibling trio to be called up to an All Blacks squad, with Jordie set to earn his first cap along with Ngani Laumape. Steve Hansen has kept his promise in naming Dane Coles in his squad, giving him every opportunity to prove his fitness as he battles back from concussion.

The scary depth of the All Blacks squad can be seen when you see the talent they have in the Maori squad. Rugby World Cup 2015 star Nehe Milner-Skudder is named along with the likes of Leinster-bound James Lowe and Damian McKenzie. The Lions are in for a hell of a tour.

All Blacks Squad

Forwards:

Dane Coles (Wellington, 49)
Codie Taylor (Canterbury, 15)
Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty, 4)
Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, 58)
Charlie Faumuina (Auckland, 46)
Owen Franks (Canterbury, 90)
Joe Moody (Canterbury, 24)
Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Auckland, 4)
Scott Barrett (Taranaki, 4)
Brodie Retallick (Hawke’s Bay, 60)
Luke Romano (Canterbury, 26)
Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury, 84)
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, 40)
Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 74)
Kieran Read, captain (Counties Manukau, 97)
Ardie Savea (Wellington, 12)
Liam Squire (Tasman, 8)

Backs:

Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Waikato, 25)
TJ Perenara (Wellington, 29)
Aaron Smith (Manawatu, 58)
Beauden Barrett (Taranaki, 49)
Aaron Cruden (Manawatu, 47)
Lima Sopoaga (Southland, 6)
Ryan Crotty (Canterbury, 26)
Ngani Laumape (Manawatu, uncapped)
Anton Leinert-Brown (Waikato, 9)
Sonny Bill Williams (Counties Manukau, 33)
Jordie Barrett (Taranaki, uncapped)
Israel Dagg (Hawke’s Bay, 61)
Rieko Ioane (Auckland, 2)
Waisake Naholo (Taranaki, 12)
Julian Savea (Wellington, 52)
Ben Smith (Otago, 60)

Maori All Blacks

Forwards:

Chris Eves – North Harbour – Waikato/Tainui (7 appearances)
Kane Hames – Tasman – Ngai Tuhoe/Ngati Porou (5)
Mike Kainga – Taranaki – Ngati Kahungunu (2)
Ben May – Hawke’s Bay – Ngati Maniapoto (12)
Marcel Renata – Auckland – Ngati Whanaunga / Te Aupouri (4)
Ash Dixon (captain) – Hawke’s Bay – Ngati Tahinga (8)
Hikawera Elliot – Counties Manukau – Ngati Awa (9)
Tom Franklin – Bay of Plenty – Ngati Maniapoto (4)
Leighton Price – Taranaki – Waikato/Ngati Maniapoto (3)
Joe Wheeler – Tasman – Ngai Tahu (2)
Elliot Dixon – Southland – Ngapuhi (9)
Akira Ioane – Auckland – Ngapuhi/Te Whanau a Apanui (5)
Liam Messam – Waikato – Ngati Maniapoto (12)
Reed Prinsep – Canterbury – Te Rarawa (2)
Kara Pryor – Northland – Ngati Awa/Ngati Pikiao/Ngati Rangitihi (2)

Backs:

Bryn Hall* – North Harbour – Ngati Ranginui
Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi* – Taranaki – Ngati Pikiao
Otere Black – Manawatu – Ngai Tuhoe/Te Whanau a Apanui/Ngati Tuwharetoa (4)
Ihaia West – Hawke’s Bay – Ngati Kahungunu/Ngati Porou (7)
Tim Bateman – Canterbury – Ngai Tahu (12)
Charlie Ngatai – Taranaki – Ngati Porou/Te Whanau a Apanui/Te Whakatohea (9)
Matt Proctor – Wellington – Ngai Te Rangi/Ngapuhi (9)
Rob Thompson* – Canterbury – Ngati Kahungunu
James Lowe – Tasman – Ngapuhi/Ngai Te Rangi (5)
Damian McKenzie – Waikato – Ngati Tuwharetoa/Ngati Tahinga (3)
Nehe Milner-Skudder – Manawatu – Ngati Porou/Tapuika (2)
Declan O’Donnell – Taranaki – Ngati Tuwharetoa/Ngati Porou (1)

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Jason Hennessy

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