Read, Coles back in All Blacks squad

Kieran Read will return to lead the All Blacks in the Bledisloe

Kieran Read will return to lead the All Blacks in the Bledisloe

Captain Kieran Read, hooker Dane Coles and lock Brodie Retallick all return after missing the All Blacks' June test series against France because of injuries.

There are 10 players from the freshly-crowned Super Rugby champion Crusaders, including Read, who hasn't played a Test since last November when he suffered a serious back injury.

Coles is yet to make his comeback following knee surgery, but All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said last week he would be in the squad even though he would probably not be available until the end of the Rugby Championship, which starts on August 18 against the Wallabies in Sydney.

While Read took part in the final weeks of the Crusaders' charge to a ninth title, Coles hasn't played at any level since rupturing knee ligaments.

Crusaders prop Tim Perry, who played two non-test matches on New Zealand's tour to the northern hemisphere a year ago, and Chiefs scrumhalf Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi are the only uncapped members of the squad announced Monday.

Hooker Liam Coltman and midfield back Ngani Laumape were named in the squad released on Monday as injury cover for Coles and Williams, who has a shoulder injury and is likely to miss the first two games.

"After the Rugby World Cup, this is the most important trophy we play for", Hansen said. "We lost to Australia the last time we played them, so no doubt they'll have a lot of self-confidence".

Dane Coles will play no part in the Bledisloe

Backs: TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie, Richie Mo'unga, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jordie Barrett, Rieko Ioane, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Waisake Naholo, Ben Smith.

"Everyone wanted us to drop Dan Carter", Hansen said. "Both of them are very good rugby players".

"So we have to build that experience for Richie, but we have a player in Beauden who has been the world's best player for the last two years, so we won't be in any rush to shift him".

"One of the positives of having such a talented pool to select from is that it creates natural competition, not only for spots in the Rugby Championship squad, but also the matchday 23".

"By the end of the year, we should have a clearer picture of who and what will be needed for next year's Rugby World Cup campaign".

Forwards: Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Nathan Harris, Owen Franks, Joe Moody, Tim Perry, Karl Tu'inukuafe, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Jackson Hemopo, Shannon Frizell, Kieran Read (capt), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire, Luke Whitelock.

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