New Zealand coach Steve Hansen resisted temptation and selected the tried and trusted over the young and gifted in his Rugby Championship squad, which was announced on Monday.
Sonny Bill Williams will be jet-setting from the Rio Olympics straight into the midfield while Julian Savea retains his place despite only featuring from the subs bench for the Hurricanes recently.
The Chiefs lost three representatives from the previous squad against Wales: Charlie Ngatai through injury (concussion), Seta Tamanivalu and the exciting Damian McKenzie. George Moala retains his place after impressing in the final Welsh test.
In the forwards, Hansen has retained the same players as the Wales series and, perhaps surprisingly, has not rewarded the outstanding Super 18 form of Hurricanes forwards Michael Fatialofa, Vaea Fifita and Brad Shields.
The selectors have favoured experience over form and perhaps the end-of-year Northern tour will be the time to experiment more and test the mettle of explosive newcomers like McKenzie, Fifita and the Ioane brothers, Rieko and Akira.
The All Blacks squad will meet in the North Shore of Auckland on Thursday for a two-day camp except for the five Hurricanes who will feature against the Lions in the Super Rugby final.
There are also five other non-squad players who will also attend the training camp: Tamanivalu, McKenzie and promising midfield back Anton Lienert-Brown (all Chiefs), Crusaders flanker Matt Todd, Blues utility loose forward Steven Luatua and pacy fullback Melani Nanai.
All Blacks squad:
Dane Coles (Wellington / Hurricanes, 39)
Codie Taylor (Canterbury / Crusaders, 5)
Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty / Chiefs, 4)
Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury / Crusaders, 48)
Charlie Faumuina (Auckland / Blues, 36)
Owen Franks (Canterbury / Crusaders, 80)
Joe Moody (Canterbury / Crusaders, 14)
Ofa Tu’ungafasi (Auckland / Blues, 1)
Brodie Retallick (Hawke’s Bay / Chiefs, 50)
Luke Romano (Canterbury / Crusaders, 24)
Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland / Blues, 9)
Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury / Crusaders, 75)
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty / Chiefs, 34)
Elliot Dixon (Southland / Highlanders, 1)
Jerome Kaino (Auckland / Blues, 69)
Kieran Read, captain (Canterbury / Crusaders, 87)
Ardie Savea (Wellington / Hurricanes, 2)
Liam Squire (Tasman / Highlanders, 1)
Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Waikato / Chiefs, 21)
TJ Perenara (Wellington / Hurricanes, 19)
Aaron Smith (Manawatu / Highlanders, 50)
Beauden Barrett (Taranaki / Hurricanes, 39)
Aaron Cruden (Manawatu / Chiefs, 39)
Lima Sopoaga (Southland / Highlanders, 2)
Ryan Crotty (Canterbury / Crusaders, 18)
Malakai Fekitoa (Auckland / Highlanders, 15)
George Moala (Auckland / Blues, 2)
Sonny Bill Williams (Counties Manukau / Chiefs, 33)
Israel Dagg (Hawke’s Bay / Crusaders, 51)
Waisake Naholo (Taranaki / Highlanders, 6)
Julian Savea (Wellington/ Hurricanes, 43)
Ben Smith (Otago / Highlanders, 51)
The Investec Rugby Championship – All Blacks Tests
1. vs. Australia. Saturday 20 August, 8.05PM, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
2. vs. Australia. Saturday 27 August, 7.35PM, Westpac Stadium, Wellington
3. vs. Argentina. Saturday 10 September, 7.35PM, Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
4. vs. South Africa. Saturday 17 September, 7.35PM, AMI Stadium, Christchurch
5. vs. Argentina. Saturday 1 October, 7.10PM, Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
6. vs. South Africa. Saturday 8 October, 5.05PM, Kings Park, Durban
(Squad details from the NZ Herald)
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