Canterbury head coach Scott Robertson has named his squad to contest the 2013 ITM Cup Premiership, with five uncapped players included in the group.
25 of the included men have played in at least one game for last year's Premiership-winning team; and 30 were involved in Super Rugby 2013.
The team will be captained by George Whitelock, with half-backs Andy Ellis and Willi Heinz as his assistant captains.
Of the five uncapped players, two have been selected from out of the Sevens environment. Belgium Tuatagaloa and Milford Keresoma were both members of this year's All Black Sevens squad and Robertson says they are both powerful, fast backs who will bring an edge to this squad.
"I have been really impressed with the quality that has been coming out of Sevens rugby in recent years and there are plenty of examples of players who have gone on to adapt well to fifteen-a-side rugby. These players really have something to offer this squad and I look forward to seeing them in action," Robertson said.
Another new squad member with Sevens experience is half-back Mitchell Drummond. The former Nelson College First XV captain was one of six school students chosen to train with the All Black Sevens team at a training camp early this year. He has also been involved with the Canterbury Rugby Union Academy since the beginning of the year.
"Mitch is blessed with natural sporting talent. He is young, but he is an intelligent and talented player who we are very excited to have included in this year's squad," Robertson said.
Canterbury: Dominic Bird, Tyler Bleyendaal, Jed Brown, Dan Carter, Wyatt Crockett, Ryan Crotty, Marcel Cummings-Toone, Mitchell Drummond, Andy Ellis, Joel Everson, Paea Fa'anunu, Corey Flynn, Owen Franks, Robbie Fruean, Ben Funnell, Mitch Graham, Willi Heinz, Luke Katene, Milford Keresoma, Nepo Laulala, Nasi Manu, Richie McCaw, Johnny McNicholl, Joe Moody, Patrick Osborne, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Colin Slade, Matt Symons, Jordan Taufua, Codie Taylor, Tom Taylor, Matt Todd, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Adam Whitelock, George Whitelock (captain), Luke Whitelock, Sam Whitelock.