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Osborne In All Blacks Squad

Auckland: Highlanders Fijian-born flyer Patrick Osborne and comeback kid Tawera Kerr-Barlow have been the big movers in Steve Hansen’s enlarged All Blacks squad for back-to-back Bledisloe Cup tests, with Andy
03 Aug 2015 12:17
Osborne In All Blacks Squad

Auckland: Highlanders Fijian-born flyer Patrick Osborne and comeback kid Tawera Kerr-Barlow have been the big movers in Steve Hansen’s enlarged All Blacks squad for back-to-back Bledisloe Cup tests, with Andy Ellis and Cory Jane the most notable absentees.

Osborne comes in to beef up a six-strong outside backs contingent essentially to garner experience as a World Cup insurance policy, with Jane still out of the mix while he deals with the ankle injury suffered while playing for the Barbarians against the Maori All Blacks.

“It’s more for the future really, with Waisake out three months and Cory still struggling with his injury, we just wanted to make sure we had someone else that has been in the environment, so if we end up going to the World Cup and needing some outside players, and those two guys weren’t available, we’d have someone whose been here and feels comfortable.

“So it’s a bit of pre-planning really.”

Squad: Hookers: Dane Coles, Hikawera Elliot, Keven Mealamu, Codie Taylor;

Props: Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Tony Woodcock;

Locks: James Broadhurst, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Whitelock;

Loose forwards: Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (capt), Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Victor Vito;

Halfbacks: Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith;

Five-eighths: Beauden Barrett, Daniel Carter, Colin Slade, Lima Sopoaga;

Midfielders: Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams;

Outside backs: Israel Dagg, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Patrick Osborne, Charles Piutau, Julian Savea, Ben Smith.

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