Cane returns to New Zealand squad for autumn Tests – RTE.ie

Posted: October 5, 2021 at 4:32 am

New Zealand have recalled captain Sam Cane for their northern hemisphere tour but locks Scott Barrett and Patrick Tuipulotu are returning home for family reasons.

Cane, who missed New Zealand's Rugby Championship campaign due to injury, will join up with the squad in Washington ahead of the All Blacks' meeting with the United States on 23 October.

Sam Whitelock, Dane Coles and Shannon Frizell have also been added to the squad that won the Rugby Championship alongside 20-year-old newcomer Josh Lord.

"From a physical point of view, we have come through The Rugby Championship really well," said New Zealand head coach Ian Foster.

"Therefore, we've decided to add fewer players than first anticipated for the next part of our 12-week tour."

With the squad unable to return to New Zealand from Australia due to pandemic restrictions, the All Blacks will hold a training camp on the Sunshine Coast before leaving for the United States on 17 October.

Following the game against the Eagles, the squad will travel to Europe to face Wales on 30 October before taking on Italy a week later.

That is followed by a Dublin Test against Ireland on 13 November, with the tour finishing in Paris and a meeting with France on 20 November.

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