24 Aug 2009

All Blacks available for provincial competition

2:37 pm on 24 August 2009

Most of the All Blacks squad back from Sydney after the Bledisloe Cup win over Australia will be available for selection for their provincial teams over the next two weekends before the Tri Nations home Tests against South Africa and Australia.

The players will be available for one or two games of Air New Zealand Cup action, with provincial coaches to make the call if and when the players play.

The players available for one game are Richie McCaw, John Afoa, Jimmy Cowan, Stephen Donald, Andrew Hore, Jerome Kaino, Ma'a Nonu, Josevata Rokocoko, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Brad Thorn and Tony Woodcock.

The players available for two games are Wyatt Crockett, Aled de Malmanche, Jason Eaton, Tamati Ellison, Hosea Gear, Cory Jane, Tanerau Latimer, Brendon Leonard, Rodney So'oialo, Neemia Tialata, Isaia Toeava and Piri Weepu.

A decision on the availability of Dan Carter and Kieran Read, who are sore after the Bledisloe Cup victory, will be made over the next few days.

An update on Luke McAlister, who fractured his right cheekbone, as well as Conrad Smith, who strained his left hamstring, will be made once they have been further assessed.