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November squads announce


With the end of year tours coming up in a week or so time all the nations are preparing their squads to tour Europe as the Europeans start to host the best for 4 weeks.

Here is is a closer look at the squads that have been announced.

The All Blacks have included uncapped dynamic 20-year-old Wellington hooker Aumua, talented North Harbour outside back Duffie, Tasman prop Perry and Northland centre Goodhue in their end of year tour.

Hansen did not considered a few for this tour which include hooker Liam Coltman, props Owen Franks and Joe Moody, lock Brodie Retallick, and outside backs Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ben Smith.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said: “The selectors would firstly like to congratulate all players selected for the Vista 2017 All Blacks Northern Tour, especially Asafo, Tim, Matt and Jack who are named in an All Blacks squad for the first time.
We have a talented squad made up of experienced players and a large group of newer All Blacks and this tour will be another exciting opportunity for them.


New Zealand touring squad:

Forwards: Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Kane Hames, Nepo Laulala, Tim Perry, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Scott Barrett, Luke Romano, Patrick Tuipulotu, Samuel Whitelock, Sam Cane, Vaea Fifita, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read (c), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Matt Todd

Backs: Tawera Kerr–Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Ngani Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, David Havili, Matt Duffie, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo, Seta Tamanivalu

Warringah’s Sam Ward will make his debut for the Barbarians when they take on the Classic Wallabies in Lismore on Wednesday.

Ward was added to Alan Jones’s squad following a fans’ online vote during an emotional year in which his brother Lachlan died playing for the Rats’ fifth grade team. Warringah rallied around him and went on to lift the Shute Shield with Sam scoring in the final win over North Sydney.

Perth Spirit captain Michael Ruru leads the team at Crozier Field and is one of five Force players in the starting line-up.

The Barbarians’ squad also includes two teenagers in Sydney University’s Theo Strang (18) and Scots College schoolboy Brett Wellington (17).

At 17 years 207 days, Wellington will be one of the youngest-ever Barbarians if he takes the field. Cardiff’s Jim Sullivan was 17 years and 26 days old when he appeared against Newport on December 28, 1920.

Barbarians: 15 Tom Banks, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom Connor, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Sam Greene, 9 Michael Ruru (c), 8 Sam Ward, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Max Girdler, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Richard Arnold, 3 Salesi Manu, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Sef Fa’agase
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Pekahou Cowan, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Sam Carter, 20 Isi Naisarani, 21 Theo Strang, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Brett Wellington

Maori All Blacks captain Ash Dixon said he was looking forward to working with the 10 new caps named for the side’s tour to Canada and France.

Speaking after the team was announced in Auckland on Sunday, Dixon said that after the British & Irish Lions experience earlier in the year it would be exciting to see the new talent grow and to see where they could take the team.

While he was battling away as hooker up front with Hawke’s Bay through the Mitre 10 Cup competition he had seen some of the new players in action for their respective sides and it was exciting to see some of the abilities they possessed.

“It’s my job these next couple of weeks to make sure we are doing what we can and we make sure they can grow and learn and by the end of this tour they can become better people and better players,” he said.

Canada and France offered something a little different to what the team usually experienced and that was appealing.

They play Canada in Vancouver on Friday, November 3 and a week later play the French Barbarians in Bordeaux.

“Canada will be interesting, it’s pretty cold there at the moment but it will be cool to go there and experience the way they do things and also going down the south of France will be pretty cool. We will be playing two pretty staunch teams.

“It will be pretty tough for us with the time constraints so we’ve got to make sure that what we do these next couple of weeks is quality and look to perform really well as a team,” he said.

Dixon acknowledged new coach Clayton McMillan’s view that the Maori had been beaten by the physicality of the British & Irish Lions when they played earlier in the year.

“We did battle in that area and I guess we didn’t think they were going to be as good as they were. They were a quality side that night and our tactics probably weren’t the best in those [wet] conditions.

“We have to be physical when we go on tours like this against the French and Canadian sides. That’s the challenge he’s laid on us so we’ve got to look to sort that out and have a good crack,” he said.

Maori All Blacks squad

Forwards: Akira Ioane, Ash Dixon, Chris Eves, Dan Pryor, Jackson Hemopo, Jarrad Hoeata, Jordan Manihera, Keepa Mewett, Liam Polwart, Marcel Renata, Ross Wright, Tom Franklin

Backs: Ambrose Curtis, Brad Weber, Charlie Ngatai, Ihaia West, Jackson Garden-Bachop, Jonathan Ruru, Rob Thompson, Sam Henwood, Sean Wainui, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Teihorangi Walden, Tim Bateman, Tyrell Lomax

Wales have announced their squad for the November internationals, with six uncapped players in the group captained by Alun Wyn Jones.

Dragons pair Leon Brown and Elliot Dee, Ospreys flanker and Olympic silver medallist Sam Cross and centre duo Owen Watkin (Ospreys) and Hadleigh Parkes (Scarlets) all feature.

Led by captain Jones the squad will face four consecutive autumn tests at Principality Stadium, kicking off against Australia.

Nine 2017 British & Irish Lions (Ken Owens, Alun Wyn Jones, Justin Tipuric, Taulupe Faletau, Rhys Webb, Dan Biggar, Jonathan Davies, Leigh Halfpenny and Liam Williams) are named for the series which will see Wales take on Georgia, World Champions New Zealand and South Africa on successive Saturdays following the series opener against Australia.


Wales squad

Forwards (20): Rob Evans, Wyn Jones, Nicky Smith, Leon Brown, Tomas Francis, Samson Lee, Kristian Dacey, Elliot Dee, Ken Owens, Jake Ball, Adam Beard, Seb Davies, Cory Hill, Alun Wyn Jones (c), Sam Cross, Taulupe Faletau, Dan Lydiate, Josh Navidi, Aaron Shingler, Justin Tipuric

Backs (16): Aled Davies, Gareth Davies, Rhys Webb, Dan Biggar, Rhys Patchell, Rhys Priestland, Owen Williams, Jonathan Davies, Tyler Morgan, Hadleigh Parkes, Owen Watkin, Hallam Amos, Alex Cuthbert, Steffan Evans, Leigh Halfpenny, Liam Williams

Head Coach Gregor Townsend has named ten uncapped players in a 36-man Scotland squad for the upcoming November internationals.

The national squad check in to camp next week and begin the 2017/18 season against Samoa at Murrayfield on Saturday November 11 – the only match for which tickets are still available – followed by tests against New Zealand and Australia, which sold out in July.

The uncapped group features four backs and six forwards, with centres Phil Burleigh (Edinburgh Rugby), Chris Harris (Newcastle Falcons), wing Byron McGuigan (Sale Sharks) and scrum-half Nathan Fowles (Edinburgh Rugby) joined by front-row trio Jamie Bhatti, George Turner (both Glasgow Warriors) and Darryl Marfo (Edinburgh Rugby), Glasgow Warriors lock Scott Cummings and back-row forwards Luke Hamilton (Leicester Tigers) and Jamie Ritchie (Edinburgh Rugby).

Other notable inclusions sees full-back Stuart Hogg and wing Tommy Seymour return to the Scotland set-up, having missed the summer tour due to British & Irish Lions selection, while centre Huw Jones and Stuart McInally come back, having missed out on the summer tour through injury.


Forwards: Simon Berghan, Jamie Bhatti, John Barclay, Scott Cummings, Cornell Du Preez, Zander Fagerson, Ross Ford, Grant Gilchrist, Jonny Gray, Rob Harley, Luke Hamilton, Darryl Marfo, Stuart McInally, Willem Nel, Jamie Ritchie, Tim Swinson, Ben Toolis, George Turner, Ryan Wilson, Hamish Watson

Backs: Phil Burleigh, Alex Dunbar, Dougie Fife, Nathan Fowles, Chris Harris, Nick Grigg, Stuart Hogg, Peter Horne, Ruaridh Jackson, Lee Jones, Huw Jones, Byron McGuigan, Ali Price, Henry Pyrgos, Finn Russell, Tommy Seymour

more to follow…