All Blacks name squad for 2021 Rugby Championship

All Blacks name squad for 2021 Rugby Championship
 
 
 
 


 

One of the key features of the squad is the return of 69-Test halfback TJ Perenara to the national side. Having recently returned from Japan, Perenara is following a progressive return to rugby programme of club then Bunnings Warehouse NPC rugby. New All Black Finlay Christie will remain as temporary cover with the squad.


Props Ofa Tuungafasi and Joe Moody also return to the All Blacks. Prop George Bower will remain with the squad as injury cover for Moody, who is not expected to return to Test rugby until after the Bledisloe Cup Series. Hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho will also stay with the All Blacks squad as cover for Asafo Aumua who missed the last two Tests of the Steinlager Series. Aumua may also play the opening round of the Bunnings Warehouse NPC to build his match fitness.



Meanwhile, it’s also a welcome back to midfielder Braydon Ennor, who missed the Steinlager Series to undergo appendicitis surgery.



125-Test lock Samuel Whitelock will again captain the All Blacks, in the absence of Sam Cane who is still recovering from chest surgery.  As well as Cane, midfielder Jack Goodhue was also not considered for selection due to injury.


The All Blacks will have a two-day camp in Christchurch next week before assembling in Auckland for the pre-Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup Test presented by Steinlager, at Eden Park on Saturday 7 August. The second Bledisloe Test is at Optus Stadium, Perth, on Saturday 21 August, with the third back home at Sky Stadium, Wellington, the following Saturday, 28 August.

Following the Bledisloe Cup Series, the All Blacks will then play four Tests in a row in September, with back-to-back Tests against Argentina, at Eden Park on Saturday 11 September and Sky Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday 18 September.




The All Blacks then head to Dunedin for the 100th Test between the All Blacks and South Africa at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday 25 September with the team’s final Rugby Championship Test against South Africa at Eden Park on Saturday 2 October.

Forwards

Hookers
Asafo Aumua (24, Hurricanes / Wellington, 2)
Dane Coles (34, Hurricanes / Wellington, 76)
Codie Taylor (30, Crusaders / Canterbury, 58)

Props
Nepo Laulala (29, Blues / Counties Manukau, 31)
Tyrel Lomax (25, Hurricanes / Tasman, 8)
Joe Moody (32, Crusaders / Canterbury, 50)
Angus Ta’avao (31, Chiefs / Auckland, 16)
Karl Tu’inukuafe (28, Blues / North Harbour, 18)
Ofa Tuungafasi (29, Blues / Auckland, 39)

Locks
Scott Barrett (27, Crusaders / Taranaki, 42)
Brodie Retallick (30, Chiefs / Hawke’s Bay, 83)
Patrick Tuipulotu (28, Blues / Auckland, 38)
Tupou Vaa’i (21, Chiefs / Taranaki, 4)
Samuel Whitelock (32, Crusaders / Canterbury, 125) – captain

Loose Forwards
Ethan Blackadder (26, Crusaders / Tasman, 2)
Shannon Frizell (27, Highlanders / Tasman, 14)
Akira Ioane (26, Blues / Auckland, 4)
Luke Jacobson (24, Chiefs / Waikato, 5)
Dalton Papalii (23, Blues / Counties Manukau, 5)
Ardie Savea (27, Hurricanes / Wellington, 50)
Hoskins Sotutu (23, Blues / Counties Manukau, 6)

Backs

Halfbacks
TJ Perenara (29, Hurricanes / Wellington, 69)
Aaron Smith (32, Highlanders / Manawatu, 99)
Brad Weber (30, Chiefs / Hawke’s Bay, 9)

First five–eighths
Beauden Barrett (30, Blues / Taranaki, 91)
Richie Mo’unga (27, Crusaders / Canterbury, 24)

Midfielders
Braydon Ennor (23, Crusaders / Canterbury, 1)
David Havili (26, Crusaders / Tasman, 5)
Rieko Ioane (24, Blues / Auckland, 37)
Anton Lienert-Brown (26, Chiefs / Waikato, 50)
Quinn Tupaea (22, Chiefs / Waikato, 1)

Outside backs
Jordie Barrett (24, Hurricanes / Taranaki, 25)
George Bridge (26, Crusaders / Canterbury, 12)
Will Jordan (22, Crusaders / Tasman, 5)
Damian McKenzie (26, Chiefs / Waikato, 30)
Sevu Reece (23, Crusaders / Tasman, 10)

Bledisloe Cup Test presented by Steinlager

All Blacks vs Australia, 7.05PM, Saturday 7 August, Eden Park, AUCKLAND



The Rugby Championship

(All Blacks Tests in bold.)



WEEK 1

SATURDAY 14 AUGUST
South Africa vs Argentina, kick-off time and venue TBC, SOUTH AFRICA



WEEK 2

SATURDAY 21 AUGUST
Australia vs All Blacks, 6.00PM (10.00PM NZT), Optus Stadium, PERTH
Argentina vs South Africa, kick-off time and venue TBC, SOUTH AFRICA



WEEK 3

SATURDAY 28 AUGUST
All Blacks vs Australia, 7.05PM, Sky Stadium, WELLINGTON



WEEK 4

SATURDAY 11 SEPTEMBER
All Blacks vs Argentina, 7.05PM, Eden Park, AUCKLAND

SUNDAY 12 SEPTEMBER
South Africa vs Australia, 3.00PM (5.00PM NZT), Sydney Cricket Ground, SYDNEY



WEEK 5

SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER
Australia vs South Africa, 3.00PM (5.00PM NZT) Suncorp Stadium, BRISBANE
Argentina vs All Blacks, 7.05PM, Sky Stadium, WELLINGTON



WEEK 6

SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
All Blacks vs South Africa, 7.05PM, Forsyth Barr Stadium, DUNEDIN
Australia vs Argentina, 7.45PM (9.45PM NZT), McDonald Jones Stadium, NEWCASTLE



WEEK 7

SATURDAY 2 OCTOBER
South Africa vs All Blacks, 7.05PM, Eden Park, AUCKLAND
Argentina vs Australia, 8.00PM (11.00PM), GIO Stadium, CANBERRA

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