Hansen names exciting New Zealand squad

Date published: October 23 2016

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has called up 19-year-old outside back Rieko Ioane to the squad for their November tour of the United States and Europe.

The world champions, who became the first top tier nation to win 18 consecutive Tests with their 37-10 victory over the Wallabies at Eden Park on Saturday, kick off the tour against Ireland at Chicago's Soldier Field on November 5.

They face Italy a week later in Rome, Ireland again on November 19 in Dublin, before rounding out the tour in Paris against France the following Saturday.

The uncapped All Blacks are Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman and 19-year-old Ioane, who has graduated from the New Zealand Olympic sevens team.

Jordie Barrett, the 19-year-old younger brother fly-half Beauden Barrett, has been named as an "apprentice" to experience the pressures of being an All Black.

Hansen said the apprentice scheme, previously used with Ardie Savea in 2013, had "huge benefits" with Jordie Barrett, a fullback-cum-centre, destined to be an All Black in future.

"He is an outstanding prospect and has a big future in the game," Hansen said.

A third Barrett brother, Scott, will travel as cover for lock Sam Whitelock, who could be sidelined for three weeks with an ankle injury suffered in Saturday's Test against Australia.

Sonny Bill Williams, Charlie Ngatai and Nehe Milner-Skudder were not considered for the touring party due to injuries.

The 36-man squad has a combined 1,157 test caps and is captained by number eight Kieran Read.

Meanwhile, BetBright's Mitre Cup odds are heating up.

New Zealand squad:
Hookers: Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Liam Coltman
Props: Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Ofa Tu'ungafasi
Locks: Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Patrick Tuipulotu, Samuel Whitelock
Loose forwards: Sam Cane, Elliot Dixon, Jerome Kaino, Steven Luatua, Kieran Read (captain), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Matt Todd
Scrum-halves: Tawera Kerr-Barlow, T.J. Perenara, Aaron Smith
Fly-halves: Beauden Barrett, Aaron Cruden, Lima Sopoaga
Centres: Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Moala
Outside backs: Israel Dagg, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea, Ben Smith

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