We take a look at how the All Blacks 31-man Rugby World Cup squad may look when the tournament begins in September…


Coles is clearly the stand-out hooker for the All Blacks whilst Mealamu provides an experienced alternative with backup from Elliott.

1. Dane Coles

2. Keven Mealamu

3.Hikawera Elliott


There is so much experience in this selection that other teams may struggle to cope, particularly during the knock-out stages.

4.Tony Woodcock

5.Wyatt Crockett

6.Owen Franks

7.Charlie Faumuina

8.Ben Franks


The two starters are pretty much nailed on here, whilst Romana and Boradhurst provide solid cover in the event of injuries.

9.Brodie Rettalick

10.Sam Whitelock

11.Luke Romano

12.James Broadhurst


Back Row

The starting back row for the All Blacks is pretty predictable by now, whilst Cane and Messam will also be given chance to impress.

13.Richie McCaw

14.Sam Cane

15.Jerome Kaino

16.Liam Messam

17.Kieran Read

Scrum Half

Smith will start whilst Perenara will claim the bench spot with cover coming from Chiefs man Kerr-Barlow.

18.Aaron Smith

19.TJ Perenara

20.Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Fly Half

Carter and Barrett provide a perfect blend of youth and experience to help ensure the All Blacks have a good variety of options.

21.Dan Carter

22.Beauden Barrett



Nonu and Smith will start in the centres if fit, whilst Cortty and Fekitoa will prepare to take over, and additional cover comes from SBW.

23.Ma’a Nonu

24.Conrad Smith

25.Malakai Fekitoa

26.Ryan Crotty

Back Three

Saves and Smith look guaranteed to start, whilst the final spot is still up for contention. SBW will provide good cover for wing and centre.

27.Julian Savea

28.Israel Dagg

29.Ben Smith

30.Sonny Bill Williams

31.Charles Piutau