Liam Squire gives green light be to included in All Blacks World Cup squad

Liam Squire gives green light be to included in All Blacks World Cup squad

All Blacks flank Liam Squire has given the All Blacks management the green light to be included in the 31-man squad for the upcoming World Cup in Japan.

The 28-year-old hasn't played for the All Blacks since the 16-9 loss to Ireland in Dublin last November due to injuries.

According to, Squire contacted coach Hansen before the All Blacks squad was named to play Argentina, South Africa, and Australia to say he didn't believe he was ready to play in the tests.

"At the end of it [the conversation] we agreed [he wasn't ready to play tests] and I said 'righto, that's a pretty courageous conversation, well done, you get back on the park and play some footy and we'll make a decision from there'," Hansen said at the time.

Speaking the day after the All Blacks demolished the Wallabies 36-0 in Auckland on August 17, Hansen reiterated it was still up to Squire to say whether he wanted to be eligible for his first World Cup.

"We've got an understanding: if he's keen, he'll let me know," Hansen stated.

Squire has given the green light and it's now up to selectors Steve Hansen, Ian Foster and Grant Fox to decide whether they want to pick the 23-test blindside flanker for the defence of the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan.

The All Blacks squad will be named on Wednesday, and will face the Springboks in the first Pool B match of the World Cup in Yokohama on 21 September.

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