All Blacks reveal 33-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions

By Thomas Branston

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Steve Hansen names his 33-man test squad ready for the challenge of the British and Irish Lions.

New Zealand Head Coach Steve Hansen has unveiled the 33-man All Blacks squad to take on The British & Irish Lions in the 2017 Test series that will be venue at Eden Park and Westpac Stadium.

Kieran Read will captain the side for the series and Hansen names two uncapped All Blacks that have impressed so far this season.

Hurricanes duo Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape have both been included and will look to stake a claim for a stating place during the Lions visit.

Barrett joins his two older brothers Beauden and Scott in the squad, this is the first time three brothers have been named in an All Blacks squad in their long illustrious history.

Both Sonny Bill Williams and Rieko Ioane have been included in the squad after their impressive performances against the British and Irish Lions yesterday at Eden Park.

New Zealand will face Samoa next week in a warm-up test ahead of the series and Steve Hansen’s men can expect a tough challenge against the south pacific Islanders.


New Zealand squad to face the British and Irish Lions in the 2017 test series:

Forwards:
Dane Coles (Wellington, 49)
Codie Taylor (Canterbury, 15)
Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty, 4)
Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, 58)
Charlie Faumuina (Auckland, 46)
Owen Franks (Canterbury, 90)
Joe Moody (Canterbury, 24)
Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Auckland, 4)
Scott Barrett (Taranaki, 4)
Brodie Retallick (Hawke’s Bay, 60)
Luke Romano (Canterbury, 26)
Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury, 84)
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, 40)
Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 74)
Kieran Read, captain (Counties Manukau, 97)
Ardie Savea (Wellington, 12)
Liam Squire (Tasman, 8)

Backs:
Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Waikato, 25)
TJ Perenara (Wellington, 29)
Aaron Smith (Manawatu, 58)
Beauden Barrett (Taranaki, 49)
Aaron Cruden (Manawatu, 47)
Lima Sopoaga (Southland, 6)
Ryan Crotty (Canterbury, 26)
Ngani Laumape (Manawatu, uncapped)
Anton Leinert-Brown (Waikato, 9)
Sonny Bill Williams (Counties Manukau, 33)
Jordie Barrett (Taranaki, uncapped)
Israel Dagg (Hawke’s Bay, 61)
Rieko Ioane (Auckland, 2)
Waisake Naholo (Taranaki, 12)
Julian Savea (Wellington, 52)
Ben Smith (Otago, 60)

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