Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles has been invited to the All Blacks’ two-day training camp that will be held in Wellington this week.
Fairfax News reports that Coles is the only new face in the 29-man squad. The group excludes Chiefs players, as the Hamilton team will be involved in the Super Rugby final this week.
‘We already know a lot about Keven Mealamu, Andrew Hore, Corey Flynn and Hika Elliot and now it’s Dane Coles’ chance to come into the All Blacks environment and it gives us the opportunity to see him at closer quarters,’ said All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
Locks Ali Williams and Luke Romano are currently injured, as is centre Conrad Smith, but have still been invited to the camp.
The camp will take place on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
All Blacks training squad (excluding Chiefs players): Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu, Ma’a Nonu, Piri Weepu, Ali Williams, Tony Woodcock, Beauden Barrett, Dane Coles, Cory Jane, Julian Savea, Conrad Smith, Victor Vito, Dan Carter, Wyatt Crockett, Israel Dagg, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Zac Guildford, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Luke Romano, Samuel Whitelock, Tamati Ellison, Hosea Gear, Andrew Hore, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith, Adam Thomson.