Wellington's Asafo Aumua called up for All Blacks' end of year tour

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has named four uncapped players as he named his 37-man squad for his side's end of year European tour.

Young hooker Asafo Aumua has been included, after a breakout season for Wellington, while North Harbour outside back Matt Duffie has also been selected for his first taste in the All Blacks environment.

The All Blacks will face the Barbarians, France, a French XV, Scotland and Wales on their tour. Source: 1 NEWS

Prop Tim Perry will also link up with the squad, having trained with the All Blacks during the Rugby Championship after an injury crisis in the front row.

Young Northland centre Jack Goodhue was another inclusion, having spent time with the All Blacks during the British and Irish Lions series.

Taranaki centre Seta Tamanivalu has been recalled, and will have a chance to add to his three Test caps after making his debut against Wales in 2016.

However, there was no room for Wellington's Julian Savea, who has starred as his side progressed to the Mitre 10 Cup Championship final.

Brodie Retallick has not been selected, after he and his partner suffered a family tragedy last month.

Five players have been included initially to play for the Barbarians against the All Blacks, before joining the squad for the French leg of the tour.

Those players are: Otago's Dillon Hunt, Waikato's Atu Moli and Canterbury trio Mitchell Drummond, Richie Mo'unga and Dominic Bird.

Hansen said six All Blacks, who have carried heavy workloads this year, will not play the Barbarians match.

They will join the All Blacks touring squad later next week.

Those players are: captain Kieran Read, hooker Dane Coles, prop Wyatt Crockett, lock Samuel Whitelock, and midfielders Anton Lienert-Brown and Sonny Bill Williams.

"The make-up of the Tour, with three Tests against France, Scotland and Wales, as well as matches against the Barbarians and the French XV, means we have the opportunity to come up against a range of different opposition and playing styles which will be exciting and a great learning experience," said Hansen.

All Blacks squad:

Forwards:

Hookers
Asafo Aumua (Wellington, uncapped)
Dane Coles (Wellington, 55)
Nathan Harris (Bay of Plenty, 9)
Codie Taylor (Canterbury, 25)

Props
Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury, 68)
Kane Hames (Tasman, 6)
Nepo Laulala (Counties Manukau, 10)
Tim Perry (Tasman, uncapped)
Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (Wellington, 1)
Ofa Tu'ungafasi (Auckland, 11)

Locks
Scott Barrett (Taranaki, 14)
Luke Romano (Canterbury, 29)
Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland, 15)
Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury, 93)

Loose Forwards
Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, 50)
Vaea Fifita (Wellington, 3)
Jerome Kaino (Auckland, 74)
Kieran Read, captain (Counties Manukau, 107)
Ardie Savea (Wellington, 21)
Liam Squire (Tasman, 12)
Matt Todd (Canterbury, 10)

Backs:

Halfbacks
Tawera Kerr–Barlow (Waikato, 24)
TJ Perenara (Wellington, 39)
Aaron Smith (Manawatu, 68)

First five–eighths
Beauden Barrett (Taranaki, 59)
Lima Sopoaga (Southland, 13)

Midfielders
Ryan Crotty (Canterbury, 32)
Jack Goodhue (Northland, uncapped)
Ngani Laumape (Manawatu, 4)
Anton Lienert-Brown (Waikato, 19)
Sonny Bill Williams (Counties Manukau, 43)

Outside backs
David Havili (Tasman, 3)
Matt Duffie (North Harbour, uncapped)
Rieko Ioane (Auckland, 10)
Damian McKenzie (Waikato, 9)
Waisake Naholo (Taranaki, 15)
Seta Tamanivalu (Taranaki, 3) 

All Blacks' Northern tour:

November 5: All Blacks v Barbarians, London
November 12: All Blacks v France, Paris
November 15: All Blacks v French XV, Lyon
November 19: All Blacks v Scotland, Edinburgh
November 26: All Blacks v Wales, Cardiff

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Steve Hansen likes what he sees in the young Wellington hooker. Source: 1 NEWS


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'Beauden has these nights' – All Blacks firm behind Barrett's boot ahead of World Cup

The All Blacks are firmly behind the kicking ability of Beauden Barrett, despite the missed opportunities squandered in last night's 36-34 loss to South Africa in Wellington.

Barrett, 27, missed four of his six attempts at goal, ultimately proving crucial as the All Blacks slipped to a first loss at home to the Springboks since 2009.

Addressing media today though, coach Steve Hansen says that the All Blacks are firmly behind Barrett as their first choice kicker going into next year's World Cup in Japan.

"Beauden has these nights," Hansen began.

"He's had them before, but then he comes out and kicks 100 per cent the next time.

"That's the nature of goal kicking - sometimes it hurts you.

"You've just got to hope that all the stars don't line up in the one night - last night they did."

The first-five missed four kicks in New Zealand's shock loss to South Africa. Source: 1 NEWS


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'I understand fans get disappointed' - Michael Cheika defends Wallabies' latest loss

Talk is cheap and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika knows the only way to placate an increasingly agitated Australian rugby fanbase, after letting them down once again, is through actions on the field.

The Wallabies have arrived at yet another crossroads after last night's limp 23-19 defeat to Argentina - the first time Los Pumas have prevailed on Australian soil in 35 years.

Once the disbelief subsided, the level of disgust among supporters was palpable at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The scene itself was scarcely believable.

One man was so angry his verbal tirade at players led to a physical altercation with Lukhan Tui and several other Wallabies.

While there is no excusing the man's actions - particularly if he pushed Tui's younger sister as alleged - the reality is events would not have unfolded the way they did had the team held up their end of the bargain.

Cheika said he fully recognised the frustration of supporters.

"I understand how fans get disappointed. I'm disappointed as well," he told reporters today.

"I saw he was there in his Wallaby jersey as well, it's not like he doesn't want us to win.

"He wants us to win badly. Sometimes that goes pear-shaped.

"There's a lot of supporters out there, no matter what they're always behind you. You've got to always be mindful of those people.

"It's the national team and that's what people do, a lot of supporters last night (felt) the same.

"You can't be talking about keeping the faith, you've got to show it."

Players and coaches will lick their wounds for the next week before assembling again for a two-week tour that could define Cheika's tenure as Wallabies coach.

First is a trip to Port Elizabeth in South Africa to face a Springboks outfit coming off a stunning 36-34 win over the All Blacks in Wellington.

After that is a rematch with Argentina in Salta, in high-altitude conditions which the Wallabies have traditionally struggled with.

Cheika was frank about his team's lack of "enthusiasm" and said he would dissect the vision of their latest catastrophe before deciding if he will swing the selection axe in response.

"(It was) obviously tough last night. (We) should feel bad. It's the game, you've got to pick yourself up and onto the next one," he said.

"Now we get a run of games away from home and we're going to have to get more consistent ... (bring) better quality play and be more consistent with it and be accountable for that."


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Watch: Steve Hansen admits All Blacks should have tried drop goal against South Africa - 'Of course we should have'

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has admitted that in hindsight, his side should have attempted a drop goal, in order to stave off defeat against South Africa in Wellington last night.

As the All Blacks tried to regain the lead in last night's 36-34 loss, the side attempted to score a winning try right up until the final whistle, compared to taking a one-point advantage through a drop goal.

Ultimately their last ditch try-scoring attempts proved futile as South Africa sealed the win.

Asked after the match, Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus suggested that a drop goal wasn't the New Zealand way, although his opposite admitted that it should have been an option for his side.

"Should we have drop kicked a goal? Of course we should have," Hansen began.

"It's not as if it's not something that's in our back pocket, because it is.

"That's a learning and a game management thing that this team has to go through."

A drop goal would have seen the All Blacks avoid last night's loss. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Steve Hansen says All Blacks stinging after Springboks loss – 'Of course it hurts'

Following last night's shock 36-34 loss to South Africa, Steve Hansen says that the All Blacks are hurting after missing the chance to seal another Rugby Championship title.

The loss, New Zealand's first at home to South Africa since 2009, means that the All Blacks will have to wait at least another week to potentially claim the 2018 Championship.

Speaking at his post-match media conference, Hansen spoke about the feeling of his troops in the wake of such a shocking loss.

"Any time you lose, of course it hurts," Hansen began.

"The dressing room's very sombre, very quiet.

"It doesn't happen very often - but it's important we learn something from it, otherwise it's a waste of time."

Hansen also backed his side to bounce back, with a trip to face Los Pumas in Argentina a difficult next assignment.

"We're a side that learns pretty quickly.

"We can be as hurt as we like, it's not going to change the result.

"We do have to get ourselves picked up off the floor and carry on and (I) look forward to starting that on Sunday."

New Zealand were stunned 36-34 by South Africa in Wellington last night. Source: 1 NEWS


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