33 players have been named on the official All Blacks Investec Rugby Championship team for 2018, as well as two substitute players for injury cover.
All Black coach Steve Hansen says selecting the team was not easy for him and the other selectors due to the large scale of talent across the border.
"The selectors found this an incredibly difficult squad to select, and whilst we congratulate those who've been named in the Investec Rugby Championship team, we also commiserate with those who've missed out.”
He says having a wide range of talent keeps the competition natural.
“One of the positives of having such a talented pool to select from is that it creates natural competition, not only for spots in the Rugby Championship squad but also the matchday 23. That competition should remove any feelings of complacency within our playing group."
Hansen hopes to recapture the Bledisloe Cup from the Kangaroos.
“After the Rugby World Cup, this is the most important trophy we play for. We lost to Australia the last time we played them, so no doubt they'll have a lot of self-confidence and are worthy of starting as favorites."
Hansen said the squad was looking forward to the support from fans around the world, but particularly the fans at home for the domestic tests in Auckland, Wellington and the first-ever test in Nelson.
The 33-strong squad is as follows:
Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
Sonny Bill Williams