Sevu Reece and Hoskins Sotutu have been named in the 36-member All Blacks squad for the upcoming Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship while George Bower will act as an injury cover.
One of the key features of the squad is the return of 69-Test halfback TJ Perenara to the national side.
Having recently returned from Japan, Perenara is following a progressive return to rugby programme of club then Bunnings Warehouse NPC rugby.
Bower will remain with the squad as injury cover for Joe Moody, who is not expected to return to Test rugby until after the Bledisloe Cup Series.
125-Test lock Samuel Whitelock will again captain the All Blacks, in the absence of Sam Cane who is still recovering from chest surgery.
The All Blacks will have a two-day camp in Christchurch next week before assembling in Auckland for the pre-Rugby Championship Bledisloe Cup Test presented by Steinlager, at Eden Park on Saturday 7 August.
The second Bledisloe Test is at Optus Stadium, Perth, on Saturday 21 August, with the third back home at Sky Stadium, Wellington, the following Saturday, 28 August.
Following the Bledisloe Cup Series, the All Blacks will then play four Tests in a row in September, with back-to-back Tests against Argentina, at Eden Park on Saturday 11 September and Sky Stadium, Wellington, on Saturday 18 September.
The All Blacks then head to Dunedin for the 100th Test between the All Blacks and South Africa at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday 25 September with the team’s final Rugby Championship Test against South Africa at Eden Park on Saturday 2 October.
All Blacks squad:
Hookers- Asafo Aumua, Dane Coles, Codie Taylor
Props-Nepo Laulala, Tyrel Lomax, Joe Moody, Angus Ta’avao, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi
Locks-Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Tupou Vaa’I, Samuel Whitelock
Loose Forwards-Ethan Blackadder, Shannon Frizell, Akira Ioane, Luke Jacobson, Dalton Papalii, Ardie Savea, Hoskins Sotutu
Halfbacks-TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Brad Weber
First five–eighths-Beauden Barrett, Richie Mo’unga
Midfielders-Braydon Ennor, David Havili, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Quinn Tupaea
Outside backs-Jordie Barrett, George Bridge, Will Jordan, Damian McKenzie, Sevu Reece
By Romeka Romena