New Zealand name 33-man squad for Lions series

Steve Hansen has named two uncapped backs in the squad

New Zealand name 33-man squad for Lions series

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New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has named a 33-man squad for the three-Test series against the Lions and a match against Samoa.

The back-to-back World Champions have named two uncapped players in the squad, as Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett look set to make their debuts.

Barrett is the brother of fly-half Beauden and second-row Scott. The trio could become the first sibling trio to play in the same New Zealand team.

Kieran Read will captain the squad and could win his 100th New Zealand cap as early as the Second Test against the Lions.

"This has been by far the toughest team that we've had to select for some time and some players who are in very good form missed out, and we always feel for them", Hansen told AllBlacks.com. "But as is the nature of Test rugby I'm sure a number of them will get an opportunity, if not in this Series, then throughout the season."

Forwards
Hookers: Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris.
Props: Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Ofa Tu'ungafasi.
Second Rows: Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Samuel Whitelock.
Back Rows: Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read (capt), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire.
 
Backs
Scrum Halves: Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith.
Fly Halves: Beauden Barrett, Aaron Cruden, Lima Sopoaga.      
Centres: Ryan Crotty, Ngani Laumape, Anton Leinert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams.
Outside Backs: Jordie Barrett, Israel Dagg, Rieko Ioane, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea, Ben Smith.