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Tom Taylor and Colin Slade called into New Zealand squad

Updated: Monday, 19 Aug 2013 09:19 | Comments

Colin Slade of the Highlanders has been drafted into the New Zealand squad
Colin Slade of the Highlanders has been drafted into the New Zealand squad

New Zealand have called four players into their squad as cover for Saturday's Rugby Championship return match against Australia after suffering a number of injuries in the Sydney opener at the weekend.

Tom Taylor and Colin Slade were called in as cover for Beauden Barrett, who sustained a calf injury in Saturday's 47-29 win over the Wallabies, and his fellow flyhalf Aaron Cruden, who is nursing a sore knee.

Loose forwards Luke Whitelock and Brad Shields come into the squad as cover for Luke Romano and Liam Messam, the latter a late withdrawal from the side for the Sydney test who will miss Saturday's return match with a hamstring injury.

Lock Romano will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the groin injury he sustained in the Sydney test.

Title-holders New Zealand have already lost talismanic flyhalf Dan Carter for up to a month with a calf injury.

Victory over Australia in Wellington on Saturday would see the All Blacks retain the Bledisloe Cup, the symbol of trans-Tasman Sea supremacy, for an 11th straight year.

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