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Injured players returning for All Blacks

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/08/2016 Daniel Gilhooly
New Zealand's centre Ryan Crotty is tackled by Australia's Will Genia. © Jason Reed/Reuters New Zealand's centre Ryan Crotty is tackled by Australia's Will Genia.

The All Blacks will be closer to a clean bill of health for their next Rugby Championship Test, against the Pumas in Hamilton.

Concussed duo Ryan Crotty and Codie Taylor have been cleared and will be available for the Test on September 10 against an Argentina team coming off a 26-24 win over South Africa.

The return of the Crusaders pair will help relieve thinning stocks in the midfield and at hooker.

Crotty's absence opened the door for Anton Lienert-Brown to make a solid debut at second five-eighth in the 29-9 win over Australia in Wellington.

Hooker Taylor was concussed in the opening minutes of the 42-8 win in Sydney a week earlier, following a season-ending injury to Nathan Harris.

James Parsons came off the bench in Wellington to replace first-choice Dane Coles but may not be retained for the Hamilton Test.

Coach Steve Hansen says some players will be released for NPC matches next week to give them game time.

The squad regathers in Hamilton on Sunday next week.

Hansen says centre George Moala (knee) is unlikely to face the Pumas, with his return targeted for either the following week's Test against the Springboks in Christchurch or the subsequent away Tests against Argentina and South Africa.

Winger Waisake Naholo (hamstring) is likely to be ready for the away games only.

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