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All Blacks Coach Scott Robertson Names Squad Ahead Of England Series

All Blacks Coach Scott Robertson Names Squad Ahead Of England Series

All Blacks rugby head coach Scott Robertson has named his squad ahead of his team's upcoming two-test series against England, with Scott Barrett as captain.

Jun 24, 2024
All Blacks Coach Scott Robertson Names Squad Ahead Of England Series

A new era of All Blacks rugby is upon us, as head coach Scott Robertson has named his first squad since taking over from Ian Foster.

Selecting a 32-man squad, Robertson announced that Crusaders secondrow Scott Barrett will the squad captain in the team's upcoming two-test series against England.

Speaking at the squad announcement, Robertson said, "There are some great leaders in our group, but having that existing connection to Scott was important.

"He's tactically astute, he leads from the front and he's got the respect of the players and coaches. Leadership is a shared responsibility, and Ardie, Jordie and our wider leadership group will be crucial to how we come together and connect ahead of the first test against England.

"As a coaching group, we are excited about the squad we've selected. We know it's a group that can play the style of rugby we want the All Blacks to play in 2024."

Leading the headlines was the omission of Blues star backrow Hoskins Sotutu, who saw Chiefs breakthrough talent Wallace Sititi named ahead of him.

Focusing on Barrett, the powerhouse lock spoke of his honor at being named captain, with younger brother Jordie and backrow Ardie Savea named in the leadership group for the squad.

"When you think of the leaders who have gone before you, it's quite humbling to be asked to captain the All Blacks, so it's not something I took lightly," Barrett said. "It's a big responsibility, but I have two great leaders beside me in Ardie and Jordie, and I know we'll have the full backing of the coaches."

New Zealand will face England in the first test on July 6. The match will streamed live, and exclusively, on FloRugby.

All Blacks Squad

Forwards: Asafo Aumua, Codie Taylor, George Bell, Ethan De Groot, Tyrel Lomax, Fletcher Newell, Pasilio Tosi, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Tamaiti Williams, Scott Barrett (c), Tupou Vaa'i, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ethan Blackadder, Samipeni Finau, Luke Jacobson, Dalton Papali'i, Ardie Savea, Wallace Sititi

Backs: Finlay Christie, TJ Perenara, Cortez Ratima, Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Billy Proctor, Caleb Clarke, Emoni Narawa, Stephen Perofeta, Sevu Reece, Mark Tele'a

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