McKenzie remains in New Zealand

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 06:59
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Despite being a late call-up into the All Blacks squad for the Rugby Championship, Damian McKenzie has been left at home for their opening match against Australia in Sydney.

Lock Luke Romano and loose forward Elliot Dixon have also been left behind for the opening Bledisloe Cup match. Joe Moody and Sam Cane will make the trip, with Kane Hames and Matt Todd travelling with the squad as injury cover for the respective duo.

Head coach Steve Hansen has opted to take three scrumhalves and three flyhalves along for the trip, with Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Cruden and Lima Sopoaga all making the trip.

All Blacks 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, 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, Ben Smith.

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