All Blacks Squad for 2011 Tri Nations

All Black coaches Graham Henry, Steve Hansen and Wayne Smith have named their thirty man squad for the 2011 Tri Nations against the Australian Wallabies and the South African Springboks. However, they have named an additional four players to remain with the squad as injury cover.

Israel Dagg, Hosea Gear, Isaia Toeava and Tony Woodcock remain under injury clouds, so Ben Smith, Cory Jane, Sitiveni Sivivatu and Wyatt Crockett have gained temporary reprieves and a chance to push for selection.

The features of the squad are Colin Slade as the much anticipated back up to Dan Carter and hardnosed Highlander lock Jarrad Hoeata being earmarked for a test debut. Hoeata can most likely thank the injured Anthony Boric for making room in the team.

Neemia Tialata, Joe Rokocoko, Stephen Donald, Alby Matthewson, Daniel Braid, Hika Elliot, Tom Donnelly, Sean Maitland, Aaron Cruden, Luke McAlister and Rene Ranger are the major omissions from the squad.

Richie McCaw continues his captaincy of the All Blacks. He is sure to get plenty of game time as he is the only specialist openside flanker in the squad. However, after a Super Rugby season disrupted by injury, he’ll be wanting to play himself back into form.

All Blacks Tri Nation Backs 2011:

Mils Muliaina (Waikato, 94 caps)
Israel Dagg (Hawkes Bay, 6)
Hosea Gear (Wellington, 6)
Zac Guildford (Hawkes Bay, 4)
Isaia Toeava (Auckland, 30)
Conrad Smith (Wellington, 45)
Richard Kahui (Waikato, 11)
Sonny Bill Williams (Canterbury, 4)
Ma’a Nonu (Wellington, 56)
Dan Carter (Canterbury, 79)
Colin Slade (Canterbury, 1)
Jimmy Cowan (Otago, 44)
Andy Ellis (Canterbury, 18)
Piri Weepu (Wellington, 44)

All Blacks Tri Nation Forwards 2011:

Kieran Read (Canterbury, 30)
Liam Messam (Waikato, 6)
Richie McCaw (c, Canterbury, 94)
Adam Thomson (Otago, 17)
Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 37)
Sam Whitelock (Canterbury, 13)
Brad Thorn (Canterbury, 50)
Ali Williams (Auckland, 61)
Jarrad Hoeata (Taranaki, 0)
Ben Franks (Tasman, 7)
Tony Woodcock (Nth Harbour, 74)
Owen Franks (Canterbury, 22)
John Afoa (Auckland, 30)
Keven Mealamu (Auckland, 83)
Andrew Hore (Taranaki, 50)
Corey Flynn (Canterbury, 12)

All Blacks Tri Nation Injury Cover:

Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury)
Cory Jane (Wellington)
Sitiveni Sivivatu (Waikato)
Ben Smith (Otago)

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  1. Grant Grudzina July 23, 2011
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