McCaw back for All Blacks
- 29 Jul 2013
Richie McCaw has returned to the All Blacks squad for their two-day training camp in Auckland.
After a seven-month sabbatical break from the game, McCaw featured off the bench for the Crusaders against the Reds and Chiefs during the Super Rugby qualifying play-off and semi-final respectively. The 32-year-old has now been included in the All Blacks' 30-man training squad this week.
Blues tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina has also been recalled after missing the latter part of Super Rugby and the June Tests against France because of a serious calf injury. No Chiefs players were included, due to Saturday's Super Rugby final against the Brumbies in Hamilton.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will name his final Rugby Championship squad on Sunday.
All Blacks 30-man training squad
Forwards – Steven Luatua, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Brad Shields, Matt Todd, Victor Vito, Luke Romano, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Whitelock, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Andrew Hore, Keven Mealamu.
Backs – Israel Dagg, Charles Piutau, Julian Savea, Ben Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Rene Ranger, Francis Saili, Conrad Smith, Beauden Barrett, Dan Carter, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Piri Weepu.
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