New Zealand reveal training squad for England Test series, including five new faces
Last Updated: 12/05/14 3:51pm
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has named five uncapped players in his 35-man training squad for the three-Test series against England in June.
Patrick Tuipulotu, Malakai Fekitoa, Nathan Harris, Liam Coltman and TJ Perenara have been called up for the three-day training camps in Christchurch and Wellington.
Jerome Kaino, Victor Vito and Colin Slade are also included after impressive performances in the Super Rugby this season.
"With players coming from five different Super Rugby teams, it's important that we get aligned on our game plans and skill sets," said Hansen.
"The challenge the English bring means we will need to be at our very best as quickly as possible.
"The camps also give the All Blacks management time to meet and learn in greater details about some of the younger players who have been named."
Hansen will name his final squad for the clashes against England on June 1, with the first Test scheduled to take place six days later in Auckland.
New Zealand - Forwards: Mealamu, Harris, Coles, Coltman, Faumuina, Woodcock, B Franks, Crockett, O Franks, Tuipulotu, Retallick, Thrush, Bird, S Whitelock, Kaino, Luatua, Cane, Messam, Vito, McCaw, Read, L Whitelock.
Backs: Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, A Smith, Cruden, Barrett, Slade, Nonu, C Smith, Crotty, Fekitoa, Jane, J Savea, Dagg, B Smith.