The 2015 RWC squad will be captained once again by Richie McCaw, it was announced last night.
Veterans Cory Jane and Israel Dagg were the most notable omissions while Highlanders first-five Lima Sopoaga and Auckland flyer Charles Piutau were unlucky enough to miss out too.
Gutted to not be in the RWC2015 team but congrats and all the best @AllBlacks men.. it's been a hell of a journey cheers— Israel Akuhata Dagg (@izzy_dagg) August 30, 2015
Winger Waisake Naholo's inclusion was the biggest surprise after what has been billed as a remarkable recovery from a fractured leg in July. Naholo is reported to have undergone natural healing remedies in Fiji.
Among the 31-strong squad are eight Māori players.
Full All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad
Props: Tony Woodcock, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina
Hooker: Dane Coles (Ngāti Porou), Keven Mealamu, Codie Taylor (Ngāti Raukawa, Muaūpoko)
Locks: Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Brodie Retallick.
Loose forwards: Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Liam Messam (Ngāi Tūhoe), Victor Vito.
Halfbacks: Aaron Smith (Ngāti Kahangunu), TJ Perenara (Ngāti Rangitihi), Tawera Kerr Barlow (Ngāti Maniapoto).
First five-eighth: Dan Carter (Ngāi Tahu), Colin Slade, Beauden Barrett.
Midfield backs: Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Malakai Fekitoa, Sonny Bill Williams.
Outside backs: Julian Savea, Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Nehe Milner-Skudder (Ngāti Porou, Tapuika).