Prop Kane Hames and back-row Matt Todd have been added to New Zealand’s squad as injury cover for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup opener with Australia in Sydney.
Hames has been included as back up for Joe Moody, who is battling to overcome a neck injury, while Todd makes the squad as Sam Cane’s recovery from concussion continues to be monitored.
Openside flanker Todd makes the trip as Sam Cane’s recovery from concussion continues to be monitored while Hames provides back up for Joe Moody’s neck injury that’s sidelined him since early July.
With only 32 players travelling to Sydney, lock Luke Romano and loose forward Elliot Dixon will stay in New Zealand, with Romano available to play for Canterbury in the opening round of the Mitre 10 Cup.
Damian McKenzie, who has also been assembled with the All Blacks in camp, will also return to his Mitre 10 Cup team, Waikato.
New Zealand squad:
Forwards: Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Owen Franks, Kane Hames, Joe Moody, Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Samuel Whitelock, Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Kieran Read, Ardie Savea, Liam Squire and Matt Todd
Backs: Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Cruden, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa, Anton Lienert-Brown, George Moala, Israel Dagg, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea and Ben Smith