Proud moment for seven Māori named in All Blacks squad

By Tamati Tiananga
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This evening the All Blacks 31-man squad, captained by Richie McCaw was named.  The group features 17 forwards and 14 backs with 17 debutants going to their first Rugby World Cup tournament.  Of the 31 Super Rugby players named, seven are of Māori heritage.

Of the 31 Super Rugby players named, seven are of Māori heritage.  Hookers Dane Coles and Codie Taylor, flanker and Liam Messam, halfbacks Tawera Kerr–Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith and winger, fullback Nehe Milner-Skudder.

Exciting times are ahead and an extended congratulations goes out to the rest of the squad.

All Blacks RWC Squad

Forwards: Hookers

Dane Coles (Wellington, 30 Tests)

Keven Mealamu (Auckland, 126 Tests)

Codie Taylor (Canterbury, three Tests)


Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, 40 Tests)

Charlie Faumuina (Auckland, 27 Tests)

Ben Franks (Hawke’s Bay, 43 Tests)

Owen Franks (Canterbury, 72 Tests)

Tony Woodcock (North Harbour, 115 Tests)


Brodie Retallick (Bay of Plenty, 41 Tests)

Luke Romano (Canterbury, 20 Tests)

Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury, 66 Tests)

Loose forwards

Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, 24 Tests)

Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 60 Tests)

Richie McCaw, captain (Canterbury, 142 Tests)

Liam Messam (Waikato, 42 Tests)

Kieran Read (Canterbury, 77 Tests)

Victor Vito (Wellington, 28 Tests)

Backs: Halfbacks

Tawera Kerr–Barlow (Waikato, 15 Tests)

TJ Perenara (Wellington, 15 Tests)

Aaron Smith (Manawatu, 41 Tests)

First five–eighths

Beauden Barrett (Taranaki, 30 Tests)

Daniel Carter (Canterbury, 106 Tests)

Colin Slade (Canterbury, 20 Tests)


Malakai Fekitoa (Auckland, 11 Tests)

Ma’a Nonu (Wellington, 97 Tests)

Conrad Smith (Wellington, 88 Tests)

Sonny Bill Williams (Counties Manukau, 26 Tests)

Outside backs

Nehe Milner-Skudder (Manawatu, two Tests)

Waisake Naholo (Taranaki, one Test)

Julian Savea (Wellington, 35 Tests)

Ben Smith (Otago, 41 Tests)

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