Naholo, McKenzie included in NZ squad

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:57
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has included Waisake Naholo and Damian McKenzie in his squad to tour Argentina and South Africa.

The All Blacks squad flies out to Argentina on Friday to prepare for the Test against Argentina at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires on Saturday, October 1.  

The team then flies to South Africa for the Test at Kings Park, Durban, on Saturday, October 8.

Loose forward Sam Cane and first flyhalf Aaron Cruden will stay in New Zealand as they recover from injury.

McKenzie joins the squad as flyhalf cover for Beauden Barrett and Lima Sopoaga, but he can be used in a number of other positions if need be.

Naholo is one of for outside backs - Israel Dagg, Julian Savea and Ben Smith are the other back three options.  

Meanwhile, loose forward Jerome Kaino, who hurt his shoulder in the Test against South Africa on the weekend, will miss the Argentina leg of the trip to continue his rehabilitation in New Zealand, and will join the squad in South Africa.

New Zealand squad:

Forwards: Dane Coles, Liam Coltman, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Patrick Tuipulotu and Sam Whitelock, Elliot Dixon, Jerome Kaino (South Africa only), Kieran Read, Ardie Savea, Liam Squire Matt Todd.

Backs: Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa, Anton Lienert-Brown George Moala, Israel Dagg, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea, Ben Smith.

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