Injured Brodie Retallick given Rugby World Cup nod as All Blacks squad named

Prop Joe Moody missed out on the All Blacks squad for the Rugby World Cup when it was introduced on Monday however lock Brodie Retallick was included regardless of a knee damage ruling him out of New Zealand’s opening match at the least.

Flanker Sam Cane will captain the aspect on the match in France in September and October, when New Zealand might be aiming for an unprecedented fourth title.

Loosehead Moody, a starter on the 2015 and 2019 tournaments, has not performed since injuring his ankle in May and was not among the many six props named by the selectors at a ceremony in Hawkes Bay.

“Moods (should be ready to play) in about two weeks’ time,” coach Ian Foster stated of the 34-year-old. “But with the compilation of his time off and our programme, having to go into the first part of this World Cup fully loaded, we just want him to go and get some game time.

“We’ve obtained quite a lot of religion in him, he is a particular participant and has finished quite a bit for the black jersey and hopefully there might be a chance later for him.”

Retallick suffered a knee injury in New Zealand’s 23-20 win over Australia in Dunedin last weekend but was named for his third World Cup with Josh Lord the player most likely to have missed out. “Brodie’s knee might be a few six week (on the sidelines) however we’re not 100% positive,” Foster said. “So whether or not it will be spherical one, spherical two of the World Cup, we’re unsure. But you understand, we actually imagine he is earned his choice and we will handle that.”

Retallick’s frequent second-row partner Sam Whitelock was selected for his fourth World Cup.

Sam Whitelock will resume his long-term second-row partnership with Retallick on the World Cup

(PA Archive)

Centre Braydon Ennor additionally suffered a knee damage in opposition to the Wallabies and David Havili, who return from his personal hamstring downside in provincial rugby final Friday, was the participant to profit from his absence.

Loose ahead Samipeni Finau was not included regardless of impressing on his Test debut final weekend however will journey to Europe with scrum-half Brad Weber and uncapped hooker George Bell as damage cowl for the ultimate warm-up in opposition to South Africa.

The All Blacks will play the Springboks at Twickenham in London on Aug. 25 and begin their World Cup marketing campaign in opposition to hosts France in Paris on Sept. 8.

New Zealand squad for the Rugby World Cup

Forwards: Codie Taylor, Dane Coles, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Ethan de Groot, Fletcher Newell, Nepo Laulala, Ofa Tuungafasi, Tamaiti Williams, Tyrel Lomax, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Tupou Vaa’i, Ardie Savea, Dalton Papalii, Luke Jacobson, Sam Cane (captain), Shannon Frizell

Backs: Aaron Smith, Finlay Christie, Cam Roigard, Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo’unga, David Havili, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Caleb Clarke, Emoni Narawa, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Mark Telea, Will Jordan.


Leave a Comment