All Blacks Name Seven Uncapped Players In Squad For Test Series With Wales
New Zealand’s coach Steve Hansen has named seven uncapped players in his 32-man squad for the All Blacks’s upcoming three-Test series against Wales.
Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Elliot Dixon, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, Damian McKenzie and Seta Tamanivalu make up the six debutants, and the number increases to seven with Tom Franklin, who was included as one of two injury replacements.
Israel Dagg has also been named in the squad after the heartbreak of missing out on last year’s Rugby World Cup.
The All Blacks begin the Test series against Wales at Eden Park on 11 June, before moving to Westpac Stadium in Wellington on 18 June and finishing it off at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on 25 June.
New Zealand squad in full:
Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Patrick Tuipulotu, Samuel Whitelock, Sam Cane, Elliot Dixon, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read, Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Cruden, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa, Charlie Ngatai, Seta Tamanivalu, Israel Dagg, Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea, Ben Smith.