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    Pre Tri-Nations Internationals

    The All Black squad has just been named for their Tests against Ireland and Argentina

    Collins to captain All Blacks
    28 May 2006

    Jerry Collins will captain the All Blacks and there were a handful of other surprises when the biggest international squad in New Zealand rugby history was named today for tests next month.


    The 40-man squad is divided into 25 players to play in the two-test home series against Ireland, and the starting 15 to play the subsequent test against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

    Coach Graham Henry has adopted this approach to keep his players fresh following the completion of the Super 14 last night.

    Richie McCaw will be captain for the Ireland matches on June 10 and 17 but a surprise appointment was that of Collins as skipper for the Argentina test on June 24.

    He has never led his country previously.

    There are three new caps, all for the Ireland series - Canterbury winger Scott Hamilton, North Harbour lock Greg Rawlinson and Otago prop Clarke Dermody.

    A host of All Blacks not required last year have also been recalled, including Canterbury centre Casey Laulala, Waikato first five-eighth David Hill, and Auckland flankers Jerome Kaino and Troy Flavell.

    Eleven players from the Ireland series will be named later to travel Argentina to boost that squad.

    The squad for the two tests against Ireland, in Hamilton on June 10 and Auckland on June 17 (25 players) is:

    Backs: Mils Muliaina (Waikato), Scott Hamilton (Canterbury), Joe Rokocoko (Auckland), Doug Howlett (Auckland), Ma'a Nonu (Wellington), Casey Laulala (Canterbury), Aaron Mauger (Canterbury), Luke McAlister (Auckland), David Hill (Waikato), Byron Kelleher (Waikato), Jimmy Cowan (Southland).

    Forwards: Rodney So'oialo (Wellington), Craig Newby (Otago), Richie McCaw (Canterbury, captain), Marty Holah (Waikato), Jerome Kaino (Auckland), Troy Flavell (Auckland), Ali Williams (Auckland), Greg Rawlinson (Auckland), Carl Hayman (Otago), Neemia Tialata (Wellington), Clarke Dermody (Southland), Anton Oliver (Otago), Keven Mealamu (Auckland), Andrew Hore (Taranaki).

    The starting XV for the test against Argentina in Buenos Aires on June 24 is:

    Backs: Leon MacDonald (Canterbury), Rico Gear (Nelson Bays), Isaia Toeava (Auckland), Sam Tuitupou (Waikato), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Waikato), Daniel Carter (Canterbury), Piri Weepu (Wellington).

    Forwards: Mose Tuiali'i (Canterbury), Chris Masoe (Taranaki), Jerry Collins (Wellington, captain), Jason Eaton (Taranaki), Chris Jack (Canterbury), Greg Somerville (Canterbury), Anton Oliver (Otago), Tony Woodcock (North Harbour).

    (Note: 11 players from the Ireland series will be named later to travel to Argentina)

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    Pretty predictable squads.

    Toeava at centre is interesting...

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    Wallabies training squad for the games against England was fairly predictable, especially with it being leaked that Turinui wasn't going to be picked. Still cant beleive that Lyons didn't make the training squad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master
    Wallabies training squad for the games against England was fairly predictable, especially with it being leaked that Turinui wasn't going to be picked. Still cant beleive that Lyons didn't make the training squad.
    Bill Young was left out as well wasn't he? Although that may not be a bad thing...

    Steven Hoiles has been culled from the training squad after Connelly said he needed to put on 6-7 kg's if he wants to play international rugby.


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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master
    Wallabies training squad for the games against England was fairly predictable, especially with it being leaked that Turinui wasn't going to be picked. Still cant beleive that Lyons didn't make the training squad.
    I was very suprised that Drew Mitchell didnt make the squad either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KennyD
    I was very suprised that Drew Mitchell didnt make the squad either.


    I didn't realise, that didn't rate a mention down here (domehow that doesn't surprise me though). I would have though one of the better young players certainly should have at least been in the training squad.

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    Is that the Argentina game that's in doubt because of strikes?
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    Rodney Blake will probably get a game for Australia somewhere along the line, certainly a cult hero in Queensland.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig
    Rodney Blake will probably get a game for Australia somewhere along the line, certainly a cult hero in Queensland.
    Im suprised Craigos never got a game for the Wallabies, seeing as he also has cult hero status.

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    Anything other than two sound thrashings by The Wallabies would be a shock of seismic proportions for us.

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    Did prop Guy Shepherdson play for the Bay of Plenty a few years back (ie 5?) because I remember reading his name when I was last there in 2001?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig
    Did prop Guy Shepherdson play for the Bay of Plenty a few years back (ie 5?) because I remember reading his name when I was last there in 2001?
    Yes

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    Prob the weakest XV NZ have had for some time........

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