New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has confirmed the squad for the upcoming summer tour of France with forward Shannon Frizell, loose forward Jordan Taufua and Chiefs and Taranaki halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi finding a place.
Hurricanes captain Brad Shields was included in the England squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa after New Zealand Rugby reluctantly granted him an early release from the contract with the Super Rugby club.
Hurricanes skipper Brad Shields admitted on Thursday that he is unsure about his chances of featuring for England in the upcoming tour of South Africa despite reports circulating around that he is in Eddie Jones' radar.
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen revealed that All Blacks skipper Kieran Read is unlikely to feature in the upcoming Test series against France in June after failing to make sufficient recovery from a back injury.
All Blacks legend Sean Fitzpatrick believes All Blacks, who will almost certainly be the favourites for the 2019 World Cup will face their biggest challenge in the 2019 World Cup from one of the Northern Hemisphere teams.