30 Jul 2012

All Black wider training squad named

6:29 am on 30 July 2012

The All Blacks selectors have named 28 players to attend a training camp in Wellington this week.

The camp does not include the Chiefs players involved in Saturday night's Super Rugby final against the Sharks in hamilton.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen says the camp will provide valuable preparation time ahead of the Rugby Championship which is now just a couple of weeks away.

Hansen said Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles had been included in the wider training group as part of the All Blacks' on-going search for new talent.

He says they 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 gives them the opportunity to see him at closer quarters.

Blues: Charlie Faumuina, Keven Mealamu, Ma'a Nonu, Piri Weepu, Ali Williams and Tony Woodcock.

Hurricanes: Beauden Barrett, Dane Coles, Cory Jane, Julian Savea, Conrad Smith and Victor Vito.

Crusaders: Daniel Carter, Wyatt Crockett, Israel Dagg, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Zac Guildford, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Luke Romano and Samuel Whitelock.

Highlanders: Tamati Ellison, Hosea Gear, Andrew Hore, Aaron Smith, Ben Smith and Adam Thomson.