Depth Charged

Most of the talk has been about the Lions team for Saturday rather than who they will line up opposite for the haka.

This might be because there were few surprises expected in the All Black team –

The match day 23 for the first Test of the DHL New Zealand Lions Series is (with Test caps in brackets):

  1. Joe Moody (25)
    2. Codie Taylor (16)
    3. Owen Franks (91)
    4. Brodie Retallick (61)
    5. Samuel Whitelock (85)
    6. Jerome Kaino (78)
    7. Sam Cane (41)
    8. Kieran Read (97) – Captain
    9. Aaron Smith (59)
    10. Beauden Barrett (50)
    11. Rieko Ioane (2)
    12. Sonny Bill Williams (34)
    13. Ryan Crotty (26)
    14. Israel Dagg (62)
    15. Ben Smith (61)
  2. 16. Nathan Harris (5)
    17. Wyatt Crockett (59)
    18. Charlie Faumuina (47)
    19. Scott Barrett (5)
    20. Ardie Savea (13)
    21. TJ Perenara (30)
    22. Aaron Cruden (47) / Lima Sopoaga (7)
    23. Anton Lienert-Brown (10)

Whichever way you cut it , it was always going to be an exceptionally powerful team.

The strength in depth is highlighted by the bench which doesn’t have room for Waisake Naholo or Julian Savea!

The ‘Bus’ is second on the all- time try scorers for NZ – 47 from 53 matches – just behind Doug Howlett (49 from 62)

Will Kieran Read or Ryan Crotty be a little rusty? We can but hope.

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