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Five players drafted into ABs squad

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/08/2016 Angelo Risso

Rieko Ioane in action at the Rio Olympics. © Phil Noble/REUTERS Rieko Ioane in action at the Rio Olympics. All Blacks boss Steve Hansen has called in five new faces to the squad that will take on Australia in Wellington on Saturday.

Highlanders hooker Liam Coltman, Blues rake James Parsons, Chiefs young gun Damian McKenzie, Chiefs centre Seta Tamanivalu and Blues outside back Rieko Ioane have all been drafted into the squad.

Hansen has called in the players after his side was ravaged by injuries in their 42-8 thumping of the Wallabies in Sydney.

Hooker Codie Taylor and second-five Ryan Crotty have been ruled out of Saturday's Rugby Championship test with head knocks, while winger Waisake Naholo has injured his hamstring.

Midfielder George Moala and hooker Nathan Harris had been ruled out earlier in the week with knee injuries.

"It's a great opportunity in a year when we're trying to re-establish ourselves, trying to get some faces involved in the group that in the long term could possibly be here," Hansen told reporters in Wellington.

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