22 Oct 2012

All Blacks return for ITM Cup finals

11:33 am on 22 October 2012

Seven All Blacks have been made available for this weekend's ITM Cup finals.

Counties Manukau host Otago on Friday in the Championship final, while free-scoring Canterbury host Auckland in Christchurch on Saturday in the Premiership final.

Tamati Ellison, Ben Smith and Adam Thomson all return for Otago while Counties have no All Blacks.

Canterbury welcome back Wyatt Crockett and Ben Franks while Auckland will have Piri Weepu and Charlie Faumuina.