ONE LUCKY SELECTION ONE SHOCK OMISSION -ALL BLACKS, NZ 15 SQUADS

While there were no great surprises in the All Blacks squad named to tour Japan and the United Kingdom next month, you would have to ask, what has Roger Tuivasa Sheck done to deserve All Blacks selection.

Roger Tuivasa Sheck will have to make every post winner on this tour.

How on form does he make the squad ahead of the consistently high performing mid-fielder Alex Nankivell who also performed well on the wing for the Chiefs last season.

What has Chiefs number eight Pita Gus-Sowakula done to be left out of both squads after making his debut and a reasonably impressive one off the bench earlier this season.

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Absolutely Famous regular Alex Nankivell showing great early season form - Photo By Tony Stretch
Leon MacDonald

The other notable feature of these two squads is the naming of Blues head coach and former All Black Leon MacDonald as coach, assisted by Clayton McMillan and Scott Hansen. MacDonald is obviously firmly on the radar to coach the All Blacks post World Cup. He will go head to head as coach with is former team-mate Scott Robertson when the New Zealand 15 play the Barbarians, their other game against Ireland A.

This a great opportunity for fringe All Blacks and someone new to put up their hand and demand selection for next year’s World Cup.

BEWARE All Blacks, Jamie Joseph will have his Japan team absolutely primed for an ambush in a test match that All Blacks coach Ian Foster will probably be giving some second stringers an opportunity.

All Blacks itinerary 

Saturday October 29 v Japan at National Stadium Tokyo

Saturday November 5 v Wales at Principality Stadium Cardiff

Sunday November 13 v Scotland at Murrayfield

Sunday November 20 v England at Twickenham

The return of D Mac

Story by John Alexander | Photos by Tony Stretch and Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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