Ireland and New Zealand name starting teams for first test


  1. George Bower (11)
  2. Codie Taylor (66)
  3. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (44)
  4. Brodie Retallick (92)
  5. Samuel Whitelock (132)
  6. Scott Barrett (48)
  7. Sam Cane (77) Captain
  8. Ardie Savea (59)
  9. Aaron Smith (102)
  10. Beauden Barrett (101)
  11. Leicester Fainga’anuku* (0)
  12. Quinn Tupaea (7)
  13. Rieko Ioane (47)
  14. Sevu Reece (17)
  15. Jordie Barrett (36)
  16. Samisoni Taukei’aho (9)
  17. Karl Tu’inukuafe (25)
  18. Angus Ta’avao (20)
  19. Pita Gus Sowakula (0)*
  20. Dalton Papalii (12)
  21. Finlay Christie (5)
  22. Richie Mo’unga (32)
  23. Braydon Ennor (4)


Head Trainer Ian Foster stated the selectors have been excited to call the primary All Blacks take a look at workforce for 2022.

“That is doubly thrilling for us enjoying at a packed Eden Park for our first take a look at of the 12 months, main right into a bought out Steinlager collection.”

“After what turns out like a very long time clear of house, it couldn’t be scripted higher to be again in entrance of our fanatics for this fit.”

“While this week hasn’t precisely long past to devise for us, our general preparation has long past in reality smartly.”

In settling on this workforce, Foster stated they’ve needed to keep in mind managing avid gamers coming from the Tremendous Rugby Pacific collection.

“We’ve ready conscientiously for this fit, albeit most effective having a 10 day duration in combination.”

“We have now large appreciate for this Irish workforce and will’t wait to expire onto a packed Eden Park on Saturday to kick off the 2022 Steinlager collection.”

The workforce sees George Bower named as loosehead prop, with Ofa Tu’ungafasi at the different facet of the scrum.

Scott Barrett wears the quantity 6 jersey with Captain Sam Cane at 7 and Ardie Savea behind the scrum. Debutant Leicester Fainga’anuku will get his first get started within the quantity 11 jersey with fellow Crusader Sevu Reece at the proper wing. Upon getting known as up as quilt because of Covid affecting avid gamers, Braydon Ennor comes into the 23, and debutant Pita Gus Sowakula could also be named within the 23, to doubtlessly get his first cap as an All Black.

Named to play his 133rd All Blacks Check Sam Whitelock surpasses Keven Mealamu as the second one most-capped All Black Check participant of all time (at the back of Richie McCaw), in what's his 12th season with the workforce.

There's a surprisingly wealthy historical past between the 2 groups which first met in 1905. Saturday will mark the 34th Check between the All Blacks and Eire however simply the fourth performed at Eden Park.

Aaron Smith, Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are the 3 present All Blacks who performed Eire once they final visited Eden Park in 2012.