The All Black prop Neemia Tialata is likely to be named in the Wellington team today for Saturday's Ranfurly Shield defence against Auckland.
Tialata had his first training run with Wellington yesterday after being dropped from the All Black squad.
Last week the Wellington coach Jamie Joseph left the majority of his available All Blacks out of his squad because he felt having them for just one game wouldn't help his side in the long term.
However Joseph says he's now been told that he's likely to have All Blacks available more often during the Air New Zealand Cup and he says he'll use them, starting with Tialata this week....
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Joseph expects to have a fully fit squad to choose from for this week's match against Auckland.