Rugby World Cup: All Blacks finally looking at fully fit squad, with Tyrel Lomax injury boost before Ireland quarter-final

For the first time at this year's Rugby World Cup in France, the All Blacks appear to finally have a full squad to select from to face Ireland in Sunday's (NZ time) quarter-final in Paris.

Be it either through injury, suspension or both, the All Blacks are yet to run out their top side at this year's tournament.

Arriving in France last month, the All Blacks were without Brodie Retallick and Shannon Frizell, who were initially selected with injury worries.

Tyrel Lomax also went down with a nasty cut suffered in a record-defeat to South Africa.

Then, in the week leading up to the tournament's first game, the All Blacks lost winger Emoni Narawa for good, Jordie Barrett for two weeks, before captain Sam Cane was scratched 24 hours out from kick-off.

Tyrel Lomax trains.
Tyrel Lomax trains. Photo credit: Getty Images

And even as players started gradually returning, prop Ethan de Groot was suspended for two games after a red card in the 71-3 victory over Namibia, missing wins over Italy and Uruguay as a result.

Now, though, provided prop Tyrel Lomax recovers from a minor knee issue suffered against Uruguay, the All Blacks finally have all members of their side available.

While the wait for Lomax will continue until after team naming on Friday (NZ time), forwards coach Jason Ryan appreciates how hard it's been for selectors to having to keep altering their selections.

And with this weekend being a do-or-die quarter-final against a world No.1 Ireland side on a 17-test winning run, having a full deck of cards to pick from is music to Ryan's ears.  

"It means when you head into a final – which it is – it's important you've got the luxury of picking from a squad that's fully loaded, as we want to be," said Ryan.

"You're always going to get niggles, but it's great obviously from a players point of view.  

"In regards to Lowey [Lomax], it's great he's got through today. We have a high intensity training on Thursday, so he'll need to tick that off as well."

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