Rugby

5 pictures as the All Blacks hit the gym - HARD!

2016-05-31 11:57

Cape Town - The 32-man All Blacks squad are hard in training for their three-Test series against Wales in June.

The All Blacks, ranked No 1 in the world, welcome the sixth-ranked Welsh side to New Zealand for Tests in Auckland (June 11), Wellington (June 18) and Dunedin (June 25).

No 8 Kieren Read will lead the side, with fullback Ben Smith the vice-captain.

All Blacks squad:

Forwards

Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Joe Moody, Owen Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Patrick Tuipulotu, Kieran Read, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Jerome Kaino, Elliot Dixon, Liam Squire

Backs

Aaron Smith, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett, Lima Sopoaga, Malakai Fekitoa, Ryan Crotty, Charlie Ngatai, Seta Tamanivalu, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea, Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Damian McKenzie

Kieran Read will fill Richie McCaw's captaincy boots for the All Blacks going forward (Gallo Images)

Aaron Cruden for the starting No 10 jersey? Or Beauden Barrett? Or Lima Sopoaga? #spoiltforchoice (Gallo Images)

New-cap, centre Seta Tamanivalu looks to be a beast. Watch out midfields around the world! (Gallo Images)

Great to see Israel Dagg back in the mix. He'll have his work cut out however trying to displace Ben Smith (Gallo Images)

New cap, flank Elliot Dixon sporting some ink and just "hanging around" ... (Gallo Images)

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