Thrush joins All Blacks training camp

25th May 2013, 11:48

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Jeremy Thrush: Replaces Ali Williams

Jeremy Thrush: Replaces Ali Williams

Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush has been called into Sunday's second All Blacks training group camp in Mount Maunganui.

Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush has been called into Sunday's second All Blacks training group camp in Mount Maunganui.

He replaces 77-Test All Black Ali Williams who announced his retirement from international rugby on Friday.

Thrush will join the 37 other players named in the training group earlier this month, including Highlanders Hosea Gear, Andrew Hore, Ma'a Nonu, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith and Tony Woodcock who have all returned from Investec Super Rugby duty off-shore.

The All Blacks brains trust - head coach Steven Hansen, assistant coach Ian Foster and selector Grant Fox - are due to announce their first squad for 2013 on Sunday 2 June ahead of the three-match series against France.