28 Apr 2012

All Blacks squad won't be named til six days before Ireland test

10:35 am on 28 April 2012

The All Blacks first squad of the year won't be named until six days before they play Ireland in Auckland.

There will be two training camps ahead of that announcement on June 3rd, with one in Wellington and one in Auckland late next month.

The first test against Ireland is at Eden Park on June 9th.

A 30-strong squad will be picked for the three tests against Ireland but that will be reduced to 28 for the Rugby Championship involving New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina.

A 32-strong squad will go on the end of year tour to Scotland, Italy, Wales and England.