New Zealand Rugby has revealed the creation of an ‘All Blacks XV’ a new high-performance squad that will undertake a mini-tour of Northern Hemisphere venues this year. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
NZR Chief Rugby Officer Nigel Cass said the team, which is set to practically function as a second-string or developmental All Blacks side will provide a new national team aspiration for current professional players.
It’s not an innovation the Junior All Blacks, New Zealand A and Emerging Players have all served a similar purpose in the past before being scrapped but Cass believes it will have benefits for the depth of New Zealand rugby.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for those players to experience a national team environment and prove themselves on the international stage, or for those who have already worn the All Blacks jersey to get more game time at this level and potentially earn a recall to the team. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
“The high-performance benefits of this team will be significant. It will help to develop the next group of players, many of whom will likely become our future All Blacks, as well as give further opportunities for our coaches and other team personnel.
“We also believe that this will aid with retention of players and personnel in New Zealand, which will benefit our Super Rugby clubs and provincial unions as well as the All Blacks,” Cass argued.
Cass said that the intention was for the All Blacks XV to become a regular national team playing second-tier overseas opposition, and hoped the side would last longer than the similar teams who came before them.
“Beyond its high-performance role, this new team also has real commercial value for NZR. It will play offshore in growing rugby markets that are of strategic and commercial importance, allowing us to showcase and grow New Zealand’s brand of rugby in many more parts of the world,” Cass said.
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