Double boost for All Blacks

Jerome Kaino and Liam Messam have been included in the All Blacks squad for their away matches against the Pumas and Springboks.

Kaino and Messam have recovered from shoulder and thigh injuries respectively.

Hooker Dane Coles will return home after the Test against the Pumas for the birth of his child, with Keven Mealamu and the uncapped Nathan Harris covering his absence.  

Centre Ryan Crotty will make his return from injury in the NPC with Canterbury and join the All Blacks for the Rugby Championship finale against the Springboks at Ellis Park.

All Blacks squad – Dane Coles, Nathan Harris, Keven Mealamu, Owen Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Joe Moody, Wyatt Crockett, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Jeremy Thrush, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw, Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Liam Messam, Steven Luatua, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett, Colin Slade, Conrad Smith, Malakai Fekitoa, Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Julian Savea, Charles Piutau.

Photo: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

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