Lam misses June cut, three new All Blacks in the mix

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Beth Newman Profile
by Beth Newman in Japan

The All Blacks have named their June Series squad, and there was no room for Ben Lam.

Lam has had a breakout start to the year with the Hurricanes, leading Super Rugby in tries scored this season, with 14.

When Steve Hansen named his squad for the France series, though, Lam was not one of three new faces in the squad.

Backrowers Shannon Frizell and Jordan Taufua and Chiefs halfback Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi are the only uncapped players.

Owen Franks and Nehe Milner-Skudder also return to the group after injuries ruled them out of last year's action.

The All Blacks play their first June Test against France on June 9.

SQUAD

All Blacks squad for June Series to play France

Forwards

Nathan Harris (26, Chiefs / Bay of Plenty, 11)

Codie Taylor (27, Crusaders / Canterbury, 29)

Owen Franks (30, Crusaders / Canterbury, 95)

Joe Moody (29, Crusaders / Canterbury, 31)

Tim Perry (29, Crusaders / Tasman, uncapped)

Jeffery Toomaga-Allen (27, Hurricanes / Wellington, 1)

Ofa Tuungafasi (26, Blues / Auckland, 14)

Scott Barrett (24, Crusaders / Taranaki, 16)

Brodie Retallick (26, Chiefs / Hawke's Bay, 68)

Samuel Whitelock (29, Crusaders / Canterbury, 96) - Captain

Sam Cane (26, Chiefs / Bay of Plenty, 53) - Vice-captain

Vaea Fifita (25, Hurricanes / Wellington, 5)

Shannon Frizell (24, Highlanders / Tasman, uncapped)

Ardie Savea (24, Hurricanes / Wellington, 22)

Liam Squire (27, Highlanders / Tasman, 15)

Jordan Taufua (26, Crusaders / Tasman, uncapped)

Luke Whitelock (27, Highlanders / Canterbury, 2)

Backs:

TJ Perenara (26, Hurricanes / Wellington, 42)

Aaron Smith (29, Highlanders / Manawatu, 71)

Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi (23, Chiefs / Taranaki, uncapped)

Beauden Barrett (27, Hurricanes / Taranaki, 62)

Damian McKenzie (23, Chiefs / Waikato, 12)

Richie Mo'unga (24, Crusaders / Canterbury, uncapped)

Ryan Crotty (29, Crusaders / Canterbury, 32)

Jack Goodhue (22, Crusaders / Northland, uncapped)

Ngani Laumape (25, Hurricanes / Manawatu, 4)

Anton Lienert-Brown (23, Chiefs / Waikato, 22)

Sonny Bill Williams (32, Blues / Counties Manukau, 46)

Jordie Barrett (21, Hurricanes / Taranaki, 2)

Rieko Ioane (21, Blues / Auckland, 13)

Nehe Milner-Skudder (27, Hurricanes / Manawatu, 11)

Waisake Naholo (27, Highlanders /Taranaki, 18)

Ben Smith (30, Highlanders /Otago, 64) - Vice-captain