16 May 2012

Hansen says time to blood new All Blacks

6:43 am on 16 May 2012

The All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says it's the time to start looking at the younger players who will make up the bulk of the side at the 2015 world cup.

Hansen's named a 35-man squad for the two upcoming training camps which includes a number of new players such as Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Brad Shields, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr Barlow, Aaron Smith, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Ben Tameifuna, Luke Romano and Luke Whitelock.

Hansen says it's time to blood the players he believes are the future of the All Blacks.

The All Blacks coach says they have two aims in the upcoming training camps - to prepare a side for the tests against Ireland and to have the opportunity to introduce and work with some young players.

Hansen says they'll use the camps to work on some of the protocols, expectations and disciplines that are needed to succeed in the All Blacks, plus it will also give them a little bit of training time to work on some new things which they hope to bring in for the Tests against the Irish.

The 30-man All Blacks squad for the Irish Series will be named on June the 3rd.

The first training camp starts in Auckland on Sunday with the second in Wellington a week later.