All Black legend Dan carter feels he is ready to get back onto the Test stage, despite his limited game time this year.
Charlie Faumuina has missed the All Blacks' first day of training, ahead of their departure for the end-of-year tour.
Thirty-five players have been chosen for the US national team's tour next month - which features a Test against New Zealand.
The United States will be able to select leading players based in Britain, France and Japan in their team to play New Zealand.
NEWS: New Zealand welcomed back superstars Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams for next month's Northern Hemisphere tour.
Scotland got their four-Test mid-year tour off to a winning start with a three-try triumph over the United States in Houston.
New Zealander Vern Cotter makes his debut as the coach of Scotland's national team against the United States in Houston on Saturday.
The All Blacks will play the United States in an historic Test match in Chicago on Saturday, November 1.
South Africa will play the United States at London's Olympic Stadium in their final pool match at the 2015 World Cup.
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