Pick your All Blacks starting XV

Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano and Ali Williams are all competing for the two starting lock positions. Photo / Getty Images.
Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano and Ali Williams are all competing for the two starting lock positions. Photo / Getty Images.

The All Blacks open their season on Saturday week in the first test of their three-test series against Ireland.

It will be their first match since winning the Rugby World Cup final last October and will see them take the field without veterans Mils Muliaina , Brad Thorn and Jerome Kaino while World Cup winners Kieran Read, Cory Jane and Richard Kahui are all sidelined through injury. There will also be no Stephen Donald on the bench to come to the rescue.

The squad for the Ireland series is named on Sunday with the starting XV announced later next week.

There are plenty of talking points especially around the tight-five and the wing combination.

Here is your chance to pick your starting side for the opening test at Eden Park. We'll announce the results on Tuesday.

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