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All Blacks call in reinforcements for England test

The All Blacks have called up first five Tom Taylor and hooker Hika Elliot for the final test of their European tour, following Saturday’s 33-10 win over Wales in Cardiff.

 
 

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THE All Blacks have called up first five Tom Taylor and hooker Hika Elliot for the final test of their European tour, following Saturday’s 33-10 win over Wales in Cardiff.

Elliot was already in London, having been a member of the New Zealand Maori squad who finished their northern tour with victory over Canada, while Taylor has travelled from home.

Taylor is in as cover for Dan Carter, who missed the Wales match with an Achilles injury, and because Aaron Cruden, a standout in Cardiff, also has a concern with the same part of the body.

He has yet to play for the All Blacks, and is the son of 1987 World Cup winner Warwick Taylor.

Three-test All Blacks Elliot is back in black with Andrew Hore and Kevin Mealamu both in doubt.

Mealamu has an ongoing calf problem, while Hore is likely to face a ban after hitting Wales’ lock Bradley Davies from behind early in Saturday’s match.

The other injury concern is over prop Tony Woodcock, who suffered blows to both his hip and calf.

The All Blacks play England at Twickenham on Saturday, aiming for their 21st match without a loss.

England lost to South Africa on Saturday, and Australia the week before.

 

 
 

 

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