New Zealand Rugby: Form XV Selections Revealed Ahead of International Season

Rugby World Cup: Picking a form All Blacks XV from this season

In the run-up to the international games and the Rugby World Cup, RWCGlobally selects the best XVs from each country. Today, we focus on New Zealand Rugby XVs, where some lesser-known players are shining.

The Backline:

  • Full-back: Shaun Stevenson has been outstanding in Super Rugby Pacific and deserves a chance in the All Blacks squad.
  • Right wing: Emoni Narawa has been in dazzling form for the Chiefs and could earn a spot in the All Blacks.
  • Midfield: Rieko Ioane has been consistent at number 13 and has become a key player for the All Blacks. Jordie Barrett is doing well at inside centre.
  • Left wing: Caleb Clarke gets the nod due to his ability to break through the defensive line effortlessly.
  • Fly-half: Damian McKenzie has been in exceptional form and deserves consideration ahead of Richie Mo’unga and Beauden Barrett.
  • Scrum-half: Cam Roigard has been impressive for the Hurricanes and is a surprising but deserving choice.

The Forwards:

  • Number 8: Ardie Savea’s consistent performances make him the top choice in this position.
  • Openside flanker: Sam Cane edges out Dalton Papali’i due to his exceptional form.
    Blindside flanker: Pita Gus Sowakula’s outstanding performances for the Chiefs make him a potential All Blacks candidate.
  • Locks: Sam Whitelock remains a class act, while Brodie Retallick is a reliable and hard-working player.
  • Tighthead prop: Tamaiti Williams has been outstanding for the Crusaders and is having a memorable season.
  • Hooker: Samisoni Taukei’aho’s power, pace, and set-piece skills make him an exciting prospect.
  • Loosehead prop: Ethan de Groot has been a standout player for the Highlanders, showing improvement in his scrummaging and work rate.

While this selection is based on current form, the New Zealand Rugby’ coaching staff will ultimately make the final decisions.

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