9 Oct 2009

Wellington boosted by returning All Blacks

5:58 pm on 9 October 2009

Wellington have been boosted by the return of Conrad Smith, Rodney So'oialo, Tamati Ellison and Hosea Gear, for their Air New Zealand cup rugby match against Northland in Whangarei on Sunday.

Smith, Ellison and Gear are all making returns from injury while So'oialo is back after All Blacks annual leave.

The return of Conrad Smith is the most significant as he's been sidelined since the end of August after suffering a hamsting injury in the All Blacks win over Australia in Sydney.

With the All Blacks having several other midfield injury woes Smith's return should ease coach Graham Henry's worries ahead of finalising his end of season tour party.