The All Blacks drop Perenara and have revenge against Ireland in mind


Wellington, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – June 13, 2022): Captain Sam Cane says the All Blacks will have a point to prove after they named six uncapped players to their squad on Monday for next month’s three-Test series against England. ‘Ireland.

The 36-man squad was notable for the inclusion of former Rugby League international Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and the omission of veteran scrum-half TJ Perenara.

New Zealand manager Ian Foster remained largely loyal to the side which ended 2021 with emphatic losses to Ireland and France on their tour of the northern hemisphere.

“This will be the biggest home series since the 2017 British and Irish Lions tour for the All Blacks,” Foster said.

“There are huge expectations at all levels and it will be extremely competitive.” The 2023 Rugby World Cup in France is just 15 months away and Foster is eager to try out his new caps against Ireland, who have won three of their last five Tests against the All Blacks but haven’t won. never won in New Zealand.

“We’re incredibly excited, I think you can sense there’s a bit of newness to the team, with six new boys who I think have really caught on,” said Foster, who is looking to build a team capable of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup for a record fourth time.

“But there is also pragmatism, with some selections aimed at ensuring we have the equipment we need to play well against Ireland.” Cane expected the memories of last November’s crushing 29-20 defeat in Dublin to give training an added edge once preparations begin for the first Test in Auckland on July 2.

“Everyone who was in this game last year, once we come together, it will come back and there will be real hunger and real motivation,” Cane said. “It’s going to be a massive series.” – Strength in depth – Foster highlighted the game-changing ability of players such as center Tuivasa-Sheck, a 29-year-old former schoolboy who has shone in Australia’s National Rugby League for the past decade and been crowned the best player in 2018 .

Tuivasa-Sheck captained the New Zealand rugby league team, before returning to rugby union last year.

He will be one of 22 players from the All Blacks squad involved in Saturday’s Super Rugby Pacific final between the Auckland Blues and Canterbury Crusaders.

“There are a few positions where we’ve brought people in because we want to see them in the environment,” Foster said.

“Roger would definitely fit into that mix. Although he’s earned his place, he has a lot to learn now.” Other players not selected are Leicester fullbacks Fainga’anuku, Stephen Perofeta and Folau Fakatava, as well as forwards Aidan Ross and Pita Gus Sowakula.

Tonga-born Fakatava and Finlay Christie are included as replacements for scrum-half Aaron Smith, with 78 Tests veteran Perenara and experienced Brad Weber both omitted in what Foster described as his selection call on more difficult.

“You can often judge the strength of the All Blacks by the quality of the men who miss.

“We played five nines (scrummy halves) very well but we just think Folau and Finlay offer something a little different. It’s a chance to see how we work that into an All Blacks game.” The bulk of the squad, 22 players, is provided by the Auckland Blues and Canterbury Crusaders who play in the Super Rugby Pacific final on Saturday.

Three experienced test candidates are unavailable through injury – prop Joe Moody, flanker Ethan Blackadder and center Anton Lienert-Brown.

Japan-based pair Damian McKenzie and lock Patrick Tuipulotu were ineligible as neither had been involved in Super Rugby, but both could enter the Rugby Championship contention from August.

The second test will be played in Dunedin on July 9 and the third in Wellington on July 16.

New Zealand team: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Scott Barrett, George Bower, Sam Cane (capt), Finlay Christie, Caleb Clarke, Dane Coles, Jack Goodhue, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Folau Fakatava, David Havili, Akira Ioane, Reiko Ioane, Will Jordan, Nepo IRLLaulala, Josh Lord, Richie Mo’unga, Dalton Papalii, Stephen Perofeta, Sevu Reece, Brodie Retallick, Aidan Ross, Ardie Savea, Aaron Smith, Hoskins Sotutu, Pita Gus Sowakula, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Codie Taylor, Angus Ta’avao, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Quinn Tupaea, Ofa Tuungafasi, Sam Whitelock, Tupo Vaa’i.


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