Brodie Retallick Ruthless Steve Hansen leaves big names at home as All Blacks name World Cup squad

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Brodie Retallick Steve Hansen will steer New Zealand into another World Cup as favourites (Brian Lawless/PA)
Steve Hansen will steer New Zealand into another World Cup as favourites (Brian Lawless/PA)

A recent drop in form has seen Northampton Saints prop Owen Franks miss out on selection as New Zealand named the squad tasked to win an unprecedented third straight Rugby World Cup.

Franks, 31, will not contest his third tournament in Japan this year after a poor showing in his final season for the Canterbury Crusaders before signing with the Premiership Rugby side.

The tighthead, who has played 108 Tests for his country, was replaced in the front row by 24-year-old Atu Moli of the Waikato Chiefs.

Powerful centre Ngani Laumape, 26, and experienced back-rower Liam Squire, 28, also missed out on spots on the plane.

Coach Steve Hansen preferred four centres ahead of Laumape – Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Jack Goodhue and Ryan Crotty – with the latter three picked despite recent injuries.

Squire was not picked

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