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All Blacks call up rising stars

  • All Blacks call up rising stars

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 20: Dane Coles of the All Blacks scores a try during the Bledisloe Cup Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at ANZ Stadium on August 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has called in five rookies after losing three more players to injury ahead of the second clash with the Wallabies in Wellington on Saturday.

Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman, Blues rake James Parsons, Chiefs young gun Damian McKenzie, Chiefs centre Seta Tamanivalu and Blues outside back Rieko Ioane have all been drafted in.

Hansen called up the quintet on Monday after his squad was ravaged by injuries before and during their 42-8 thumping of the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener in Sydney last Saturday.

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Hooker Codie Taylor and inside centre Ryan Crotty have been ruled out of Saturday's Test with head knocks, while winger Waisake Naholo has injured his hamstring.

Midfielder George Moala and hooker Nathan Harris had been ruled out earlier in the week with knee injuries suffered while training in Sydney.

"It's a great opportunity in a year when we're trying to re-establish ourselves, trying to get some faces involved in the group that in the long term could possibly be here," Hansen told reporters in Wellington.

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