With a number of key All Blacks set to retire or move abroad after the Rugby World Cup, we take a look at their likely starting XV…

15. Israel Dagg

Dagg will become one of the most experienced backs for the All Blacks after the World Cup so should keep his place.

14. Ben Smith

Smith may find himself on the wing in order to accommodate Dagg at fullback given the other departing backs.

13. Malakai Fekitoa

Fekitoa looks the most likely candidate to replace Conrad Smith in the 13 shirt having already appeared here a number of times.

12. Ryan Crotty

With Nonu heading to Toulon, and SBW joining the sevens team, it appears the All Blacks may have to turn to Crotty at 12.

11. Julian Savea

There’s no doubting that Savea will be in the All Blacks side as long as he remains in New Zealand.


10. Beauden Barrett

With Dan Carter and Colin Slade moving on, there will be a battle between Aaron Cruden and Barrett for the 10 shirt.

9. Aaron Smith

Probably the best scrum half in the world right now, Smith is pretty much guaranteed his place with the All Blacks.

8. Kieran Read

Potentially the next All Blacks captain, Read will be a key man in the back row with his experience.

7. Sam Cane

With McCaw looking likely to retire, Cane looks likely to be the successor to the throne, although it isn’t guaranteed.

6. Steven Luatua

With Liam Messam playing sevens and question marks over Kaino’s future, Luatua could be in line to step up.


5. Sam Whitelock

Whitelock will likely continue his second row partnership with Brodie Rettalick until the next World Cup.

4. Brodie Rettalick

At just 24 years of age, Rettalick still has a couple more World Cup’s in him so won’t be going anywhere.

3. Owen Franks

Unlike his brother Ben, Owen looks set to remain in New Zealand where he will likely retain his place at tighthead.

2. Dane Coles

Having recently just signed a new deal, Coles is set to continue as the All Blacks first choice hooker for a white yet.

1. Wyatt Crockett

Another All Blacks prop who looks set to remain in Super Rugby as they build towards the 2019 World Cup.