All Blacks call in Todd, Hames

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

Welling­ton: Matt Todd and Kane Hames have been in­cluded as in­jury cover in the All Blacks squad for the open­ing Bledis­loe Cup test in Syd­ney. 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. If Cane is ruled out, Hur­ri­canes tyro Ardie Savea will be ex­pected to start with Todd of­fer­ing cover from the bench.

With only 32 play­ers trav­el­ling to Syd­ney, lock Luke Ro­mano and loose for­ward El­liot Dixon have been left out of the trav­el­ling team, mean­ing Pa­trick Tuip­u­lotu is likely to start from the bench. Ro­mano is 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 Waikato. Dane Coles is the other in­jury con­cern for the All Blacks this week; the Hur­ri­canes cap­tain is no guar­an­tee to fea­ture af­ter bat­tling rib car­ti­lage dam­age.

All Blacks squad for Syd­ney: 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. - Stuff

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