29 Oct 2012

Thomson picked despite uncertainty over his future

7:24 pm on 29 October 2012

The uncertainty over Adam Thomson's international rugby career hasn't stopped the All Blacks coach Steve Hansen selecting the versatile loose forward for next month's European tour.

The Highlanders loose forward is also named even though he has yet to sign a New Zealand contract past this year.

Hansen says Thomson's contractual situation wasn't an issue for them as he is the best player on merit, and that's also the case with numerous other All Blacks that are possibly leaving - and in fact there's possibly more certainty around Thomson.

He says Thomson doesn't know what he's doing next yet.

There have been reports of a move to Japan being in the pipeline.

There are two new names in the 32-man All Black squad - the Hurricanes hooker Dane Coles and Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow, while the All Blacks' second-most capped lock, the 75-test veteran Ali Williams, gets a recall after missing most of the season recovering from knee surgery.