All Blacks include SBW and Coles in squad
All Blacks hooker Dane Coles will make his long-awaited return from an ACL injury, while Sonny Bill Williams has been also included although he is still nursing a shoulder injury
CAPE TOWN - New Zealand are holding a training camp in Christchurch ahead of the Rugby Championship without Crusaders players, who are preparing for their Super Rugby final against the Lions.
Dane Coles will make his long-awaited return from an ACL injury, while Sonny Bill Williams (SBW) has been also included although he is still nursing a shoulder injury, which will keep him out of the first two Tests against Australia.
The All Blacks open their Rugby Championship campaign against the Wallabies on 18 August in their traditional Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney, followed by another Test in Eden Park a week later.
All Blacks training camp:
Hookers: Dane Coles, Liam Coltman, Nathan Harris
Props: Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Ofa Tuungafasi
Locks: Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu
Loose forwards: Sam Cane, Vaea Fifita, Shannon Frizell, Jackson Hemopo, Akira Ioane, Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock
Scrumhalves: TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
Flyhalves: Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie
Centres: Ngani Laumape, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams
Outside backs: Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith