NZ and Aussie squads named

2011-07-10 09:13

Sydney - The All Blacks and Wallabies have named their Tri-Nations squads, with both featuring notable inclusions and absentees.

The inclusion of Highlanders lock Jarrad Hoeata in the All Black squad is causing the biggest tongue wagging, but also of interest are the exclusions of Joe Rokocoko, Neemia Tialata and Luke McAlister.

Cory Jane and Sitiveni Sivivatu make the squad as cover for Isaia Toeava (hip), Hosea Gear (hamstring) and Israel Dagg (thigh muscle).

Hugely surprising is the fact that Crusaders loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett can only make the squad as cover for the injured Tony Woodcock. Corey Flynn, Richard Kahui and Piri Weepu also return after injury ruled them out of contention for last year’s Grand Slam tour to the northern hemisphere.

Colin Slade is in as deputy flyhalf to Dan Carter.

Coach Graeme Henry said he placed a high premium on winning the Tri-Nations, even though the World Cup is a primary focus.

‘The Tri Nations also remains an important competition for the team this year. We are proud of the record we have achieved over the years and the fact that we have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003 and it is crucial as we look to build towards the Rugby World Cup,’ he said.

All Black Tri-Nations squad:

Backs: Mils Muliaina, Israel Dagg, Isaia Toeava, Hosea Gear, Zac Guildford, Richard Kahui, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Ma’a Nonu, Dan Carter, Colin Slade, Jimmy Cowan, Andy Ellis, Piri Weepu

Forwards: Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Jerome Kaino, Adam Thomson, Liam Messam, Brad Thorn, Ali Williams, Sam Whitelock, Jarrad Hoeata, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, John Afoa, Tony Woodcock, Keven Mealamu, Corey Flynn, Andrew Hore

Injury replacements: Wyatt Crockett, Cory Jane, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Ben Smith.

And across the Tasman, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans named 14 Reds players in his 40-man Tri-Nations squad.

Radike Samo earns a call-up, as does hooker James Hanson, which is hugely surprising. Rocky Elsom retains the captaincy, while Phil Waugh and Stirling Mortlock are out the mix.

Daniel Vickerman is included despite having not played Test rugby for three seasons while he completed his studies.

Waratahs backs Drew Mitchell, Rob Horne and Berrick Barnes, and Force No.8 Richard Brown were all left out due to injuries but remain in World Cup contention.

Wallabies Tri-Nations squad:

Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Luke Burgess, Quade Cooper, Ben Daley, Rod Davies, Dave Dennis, Rocky Elsom (capt), Anthony Faingaa, Saia Faingaa, Will Genia, Mark Gerrard, Matt Giteau, James Hanson, Scott Higginbotham, Matt Hodgson, James Horwill, Digby Ioane, Sekope Kepu, Salesi Ma’afu, Pat McCabe, Ben McCalman, Stephen Moore, Luke Morahan, Dean Mumm, James O’Connor, Wycliff Palu, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota Nau, Beau Robinson, Benn Robinson, Radike Samo, Nathan Sharpe, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Sitaleki Timani, Lachie Turner, Dan Vickerman.


  • africa - 2011-07-10 09:42

    let the games begin

  • Joe Soap - 2011-07-10 10:28

    Not sure about Colin Slade, possible weakness in the AB side.

      Black Beauty - 2011-07-10 10:35

      He's a brilliant player but injury prone, he has a glass jaw, recently coming off from injury, maybe he's selected for more game time. Personally I would prefer McCallister. Thumbs up to Henry though for picking his team including injured players.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-10 12:25

      From a pure rugby point of view, I am surprised Cruden wasn't included. He worked hard on his game, and improved plensch in the areas he needed to. To me, he emerged as a serious backup 10 contender? Tri-Nations might have been perfect to test him out?

      Black Beauty - 2011-07-11 08:20

      @Saffa-cat, there's heaps of AB's that are missing in Henry's selections. Just to name a few: Todd, Ranger, Donnelly, Mathewson, Maitland, Cruden etc etc and even though you don't rate Fruean I still think he's gaining experience pairing with SBW. For SBW's off loads to pay interest, he still needs a capable player to compliment him and Fruean is making slow steady progress. Perhaps there is too much hype concerning SBW at the moment but what most people don't realise is that he's not playing to his full capacity just yet. I predict that SBW will start to break the line more often come WC time and choose to pick gaps. But then again that's probably just wishful thinking on my part (sigh) This team that's selected should by no means necessarily indicate or reflect the AB's starting line-up team come the World Cup

  • GraemeBB - 2011-07-10 10:47

    Looking at these two teams, I cant help feeling that we are making a mistake by sending a "B" side over there. Injuries? Maybe, but sounds like a Rassie ploy. I think the sooner our Boks play together, the better. They can rest after the RWC! Now it is time to get the job done.

      Crusader Man - 2011-07-10 11:00

      @Graeme BB think thing with SA rugby is if they lose away its no real problem for the coach sending a b team... You should win your home games and then all your supporters will believe that you will win world cup.. (which you will always be a difficult team to beat because of the passion) I also think that when nZ plays you guys in SA they won't send a lot of there top players either.. Crusaders stars i am picking won't go..great opportunity to try out Slade, Kahui etc against top team... See if they are upto it... watch this space... Only diff will be that Henry won't say they are injured he will just say they have traveled too much...

      Black Beauty - 2011-07-10 11:19

      @Crusader man, I would have wanted the Cheifs half back Lenard in the squad as well but Weepu needs series game time.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-10 12:12

      @GraemeBB - the majority of the Bok 'A' team boys really are carrying "injury niggles" - yes, at a push a few of them would certainly be able to play, BUT: at what cost? I see even NZ writers like Hinton and Co are agreeing with our strategy. It makes perfect sense to me. Let the 'A' team focus on rehab/conditioning and planning. Our 'B' team isn't all that bad mate - in fact, many folk have been screaming for some of these guys to get a chance in lieu of the 'oldies' - so it's a win-win. It would be a psychological blow of massive proportions, if the 'A' team lost in Kiwi and Oz.... @Crusaderman - Graham Henry has already said he will be "managing" the Sader players in the Tri-series - however, if he wants to withdraw them from the SA trip, he will have to do what P Divvy has done and call them "injured". The SANZAR agreement does not allow for a coach to "rest" his top players. SO: the only way Henry will get to rest his 1st choice players - is to plead injury. If he does this - I wonder if there will be an outcry????? Tri-nations must be canned in WC year OR, SANZAR must get rid of this "obliged to play 1st choice team" clause. Another interesting thing for me in terms of Kiwi and Aussie selections, is HOW Deans and Henry are going to fit all the "playmakers" into their backlines.....(I'm glad Henry didn't make the mistake of selecting Freuan just yet (just to partner SBW) as I reckon that would have nailed you AB's)

      donkerhond - 2011-07-10 14:19

      The Aus and NZ teams can't really complain. Our stadiums are the only ones who are consistently full when it comes to the national side playing. I doubt the tri-nations would be any different.

      Richard - 2011-07-10 17:45

      Even though everyone is calling it an understrength or 'b' Bok team, one must remember that these new bok players have been selected in our squad just as the likes of smith, slade, kahui etc. PDV and all of us supporters really know what our top boks are capable of, especially over yonder. The 3N nations because its so near to the RWC is the perfect opportunity to see what the new guys can do against the other real contenders of Auz and NZ. The bokke touring are the guys that will have to play if a Bakkies or victor etc gets injured, so rather throw them in the deep end now and blood them into the fray than wait for a crucial game. As Crusader man says as wel, the NZ'ers and maybe the Auzzies will employ similar tactics when touring. Also most of the newby's in the touring side are the future of bok rugby from 2012 onward, baring a few.

      Richard - 2011-07-10 17:53

      SAFFA CAT, I couldnt agree more. I think Deans "spoilt for choice" will make his job a nightmare. Does he play Cooper at 10 with Git at 12, o'Connor at 15 but then what of Beale. Or does Beale play 15 and O'conner move to the wing with Barnes (out of form) and play Digby and rest Drew or...... ag see what I mean. I think that if Deasn plays all these star individuals that he will have an implosion in his backline. Cooper, Git, Beale, o'conner are excellent players but to scrifice maybe a digby just ot have all 4 on the field is madness. Will be interesting to see how deans manages them potionally. With regards to the NZ squad there arent any real suprizes. I think that Mills ( and he is a very good 15) is also injury prone and of late has been off his form, but plenty of Bok stalwarts have been too.

      Richard - 2011-07-10 17:59

      I would 've loved to have seen Robbie Freun there too but hey, one less to worry about. IMO SBW will cost the AB's big time in a crucial game with very loose style of play. Sure it makes for exciting entertainment and is a flashy player but this specific attribute of his will be a decider in a tight game, also the Reds shut him down well and made him look well, rather normal. SBW was an exciting prospect when he burst onto the scene but in my eyes he became a thug in the shakrs playoff game where his acting skills were showcased rather than rugby. You will see, when he faces a "Klitchko" he will fail dismally.

      maycenz - 2011-07-10 22:03

      Donkerhond - show me a single fact stating that trinations game are not sold out in NZ or it least 95%+ as im pretty sure i have never heard of that. I agree with you at super rugby level and ITM but internationals? your having a laugh mate!

      splatgunnz - 2011-07-11 00:09

      @Donkerhead... Don't overstate the facts. Even here in NZ we can see that Coca Cola Park has never seen a crowd fill quarter of that stadium. Nor have the crowds at Bloemfontein been bumper either. Auckland rugby (Blues) are in DIRECT competition for viewership with Rugby League's NRL (Warriors), hence their crowd numbers were always going to be competitive. Hurricanes were crap, no wonder it was empty. Sth Africans should take what you see on tv with a grain of salt, you guys are either very lucky or very unfortunate (take your pick) not to have other oval ball codes competing in the same domestic market. We have a fickle environment, you don't.

  • clivegoss - 2011-07-10 12:25

    Play time ! !

  • cupid - 2011-07-10 12:47

    NO FRUEN!!!. This could backfire. Henry isnt picking players based on form which is really dissappointing. I can tolerate his loyality to his first choice players but if he wants results he has to change his approach. Weepu being named is out of the blue. The guy is packing on weight good enough to make 'the biggest loser' and Sivi shouldnt be near this sqaud based oon this Hes been poor all season. Oh well a good loss will proablly wake him up

  • Marcell - 2011-07-10 13:36

    Dit gaan nogal interessant wees as die Bokke geslag word away and at home. Ek sien uit daarna!

      Deon - 2011-07-10 15:09


      ricky.klopper - 2011-07-10 18:04

      ek verstaan nie? moet eerder nie afrikaans praat nie, en trek new zealand toe.

  • haha - 2011-07-10 15:37

    Shame, arme bok agtelyn gaan seer kry..DIv se skuld, wil mos crap spelers kies..Bjorn Basson...Habana.....Hopelik gaan Div se neusgate oop na die Tri-nations want sy oë sit definitief in sy gat.

      Boeta Nev - 2011-07-10 20:33

      Habana? Lyk my jou oe sit in jou gat.

  • AmosMoledi - 2011-07-10 15:54

    Excuse me I can see 15 Reds players. How come you see 14?

  • Rockstarfish - 2011-07-11 01:58

    Hot off the press!! 85% of the Wallabies and the All Black squad have suddenly fallen injured and will not be available for theTri nations.Miraculously though ,all are expected to be fir for the World cup.What are the chances of not one ,but three of the competing nations facing this problem???

  • georgemtem - 2011-07-11 08:22

    i would have luvd to see Luke Mccalister and Sean Maitland as well in the ABs squad....

      kosie - 2011-07-11 16:32

      maitland will be there, but he is still injured

  • Gazza69 - 2011-07-11 08:51

    I see the Wallabies are fielding an under strength team!!! Oh no wait.......its their first choice players...and they are also crap! Never mind....AB's to win Tri-Nations at a canter.

      Black Beauty - 2011-07-11 09:43

      The Ockers have picked 40 players (injured ?), Kiwis picked 30 with injured players and the Saffas picked 27 without "injured" players. Judging by those stats the Wallaby's 'should' win the tri-nations.

  • kosie - 2011-07-11 10:57

    can you imagine this backline: 9. will genia 10. quade cooper 11.rod davies 12. matt gitau 13.james o connor 14.digby loane 15. Kurtley beale

      Black Beauty - 2011-07-11 14:05

      Kosie, I gave you a thumbs down because I don't want to face facts, very scary backline. Talented, nippy, skillful and explosive. If it was the AB's I'd give it a thumbs up. The question is, what's the Wallaby's depth/back-up for the whole tournament?

  • JT - 2011-07-11 11:14

    NZ should have McAlister (only decent kicking sub for Carter), Maitland, Fruean, Matthewson and Crockett (most dominant prop in S15). They're making a mistake by having a very unbalanced side (only 2 wingers?), hopefully they'll fix it before RWC.

  • jeanmariedutoit - 2011-07-11 14:32

    We will lose against both teams easily

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