Hooker Hika Elliot and utility back Tom Taylor have been
called into the All Blacks as the squad deals with injuries
and another judicial issue.
As expected Elliot has been drafted in from the just
completed NZ Maori tour to cover for the rash of problems at
Keven Mealamu is still recovering from his latest calf
problem and remains an uncertain starter for Sunday's final
test on tour against England.
The side's other senior hooker Andrew Hore is likely to face
a judicial hearing this week after clobbering Wales' lock
Bradley Davies in the opening minute of today's 33-10 victory
Rookie tourist Dane Coles is the only fit hooker, so a rapid
call was made to draft in Elliot before the Maori squad flew
Taylor's inclusion is more of a mystery.
However, it suggests injury problems for all three five
eighths are more serious than first thought.
Daniel Carter has damaged the lower part of his right
calf-Achilles tendon area and remains in coach Steve Hansen's
estimate today, a 50-50 chance for this week's Twickenham
Aaron Cruden was subbed after 67 minutes yesterday during his
prominent role in the All Blacks victory. Not long after the
match Hansen said Cruden had cramped up so they decided to
replace him with Barrett.
Barrett was playing with his ribs heavily strapped and
protected after taking a wallop against Italy and being
subbed in that game.
An All Blacks spokesman said further details about the
injuries and replacements would come later today.
- By Wynne Gray of the NZ Herald