The All Blacks have a very good starting point to start building their Rugby World Cup team. They cannot follow slavishly but the All Blacks have been remarkably consistent with Steve Hansen at the controls.
The management group is almost proud of its resistance to the flavour of the decisions of the month. Which demonstrates a deep conviction about its methods, confidence in the experience and balance they think is important for a Rugby World Cup. Sports fanatics can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
In 2015, this balance was 17 fronts and 14 obverse, this should be the starting point for any discussion of this year’s membership.
If they repeat this winning recipe, the distribution of positions could also be similar as three hookers, five props, three locks and six loosies in the forwards, three halfbacks, three fullbacks, four midfielder, and four outside backs.
The All Blacks could tinker with that in 2019, but if you look at the profile of the best talent in the country, nothing explains why. In this spirit, choosing a group becomes a little easier.
There is always room for a surprise or two, but losing Damian McKenzie already means that there will be a new name and that coaches generally do not like to make too many changes.
In addition, you must remember that players such as Jordie Barrett are still wet behind the ears at this level. He will be only 22 years old at this tournament. Things happened quickly for him, but he’s just a young man.
The All Blacks are unlikely to give up the investment they have invested in Nathan Harris, despite the fact that Liam Coltman had a more intense season in Super Rugby.
The locks are chosen Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock and Scott Barrett. In free games, there are one or two selections that probably cause some conversations around the All Blacks table.
If they take four midfielders, it’s hard to see Ngani Laumape playing with this quartet, with Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty, Anton Lienert-Brown and Jack Goodhue favoured last year.
All Blacks possible squad of 31-man for Rugby World Cup:
Hookers: Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Codie Taylor.
Locks: Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett
Halfbacks: Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Brad Weber
Outside backs: David Havili, Ben Smith, Rieko Ioane, George Bridge
No 10s/15: Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo’unga, Jordie Barrett
Props: Joe Moody, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Ofa Tuungafasi
Loose forwards: Kieran Read (c), Sam Cane, Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Vaea Fifita, Akira Ioane
Midfielders: Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue
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