Flyhalf Dan Carter has made the All Blacks touring squad that will travel to Argentina and South Africa over the next fortnight.
Carter is still nursing a calf injury that kept him out of New Zealand’s home fixtures against Argentina and the Springboks. Head coach Steven Hansen will be hoping his star playmaker will recover in time to face South Africa in Soweto on 7 October.
The All Blacks have also added two other flyhalves to the squad in Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett, who will provide enough cover in case Carter fails to return to match fitness.
Hansen has omitted loosehead prop Wyatt Crockett as there will be enough prop selections among Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks and Tony Woodcock.
All Blacks touring squad
Forwards: Andrew Hore, Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Tony Woodcock, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Richie McCaw (c), Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Adam Thomson, Victor Vito.
Backs: Aaron Smith, Piri Weepu, Beauden Barrett, Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden, Tamati Ellison, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Israel Dagg, Hosea Gear, Cory Jane, Ben Smith, Julian Savea.