Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup 2019: Media reacts to Owen Franks’ omission from All Blacks’ squad

Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup 2019: Media reacts to Owen Franks’ omission from All Blacks’ squad

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World rugby has reacted with disbelief at the naming of the All Blacks squad for the World Cup in Japan – with many leading media organisations and fans expressing shock at the decision to exclude 108-cap veteran Owen Franks.

Franks, Liam Squire and Ngani Laumape were the most noticeable absentees from the 31-man squad named in Auckland this afternoon, with Fox Sports calling the trio’s omission “ruthless” under the headline All Bl-axed! 144 caps gone as ruthless NZ run a knife through World Cup squad.

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The site also suggested head coach Steve Hansen was taking a risk by including only two specialist first-fives in Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga.

“There are just two specialist five-eighths named, with Hansen banking on Beauden Barrett and Richie Mo’unga enjoying an injury-free run,” Fox Sports reported.

AFP and the roar.com.au called Franks’ axing a “shock omission”, while the former expressed some surprise at the inclusion of seasoned utility back Ben Smith despite some recent poor form.

AAP’s line was about “sentimentality being cast aside in the name of speed”, as Franks was replaced by the more mobile Atu Moli, with the Sydney Morning Herald describing it as a “major bombshell”.

The mass interest in the squad was evident when the All Blacks’ official website crashed shortly after the announcement and the hashtags #RWC2019, #AllBlacks and #NewZealand soared to the top of Twitter’s trending topics.

Unsurprisingly, fans took to social media to voice

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