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Steve Hansen talks about those who missed All Blacks selection for the upcoming Rugby Championship.
Disappointment, elation and frustration.
Those are some of the reactions from the players, and fans, after the All Blacks’ squad was named in Auckland on Tuesday night.
A list of 39 names was unfurled ahead of the Rugby Championship, with the squad to be reduced following the opening matches against Argentina and South Africa in Buenos Aires and Wellington.
All Blacks selectors Steve Hansen, Grant Fox and Ian Foster will use the championship to prepare for the World Cup in Japan later this year, but this is clearly a fluid situation.
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* Hansen: Selection starts now
Hansen warned there could be changes ahead of the global tournament, due to injuries or because players don’t meet expectations. With only 31 permitted to travel to Japan, the selectors will continue to review and assess the talent during the championship.
They won’t be short of options.
Here’s a look at the most notable winners and losers following the announcement at the Ponsonby rugby club.
Sonny Bill Williams
The injury-prone midfielder was rarely sighted for the Blues this year. Knee surgery sidelined him for a large chunk of the season. SBW has been picked for his experience. Trust has played a big part in his inclusion.
There’s no doubt it’s a controversial call.
A bolter. The versatile Chiefs loose forward does a lot of things efficiently. He is a confident ball runner, and can offload. Young, fit and keen Jacobson is an outside chance to make the World Cup squad. He is uncapped.
The Crusaders’ finisher can play wing and centre. Super-quick, Ennor doesn’t appear to get too flustered during Super Rugby games and has a long passing game. He is uncapped.
A controversial selection. Crusaders wing Reece wasn’t supposed to be playing in New Zealand this year, having signed a deal to play for Irish club Connacht.
The club ripped up his contract
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