29 Jun 2010

Flynn cleared to play for All Blacks in tri nations

6:51 pm on 29 June 2010

Hooker Corey Flynn has passed medical tests on his injured ankle and been cleared to join the All Blacks for a Tri-Nations training camp in Auckland on Thursday.

Flynn, who's struggled with a series of injuries throughout his career, was promoted from the New Zealand Maori squad when the All Blacks team was named last Sunday.

Only two specialist hookers were named in the All Blacks' Tri-Nations squad with Flynn joining Keven Mealamu, who occupied the starting role for tests against Ireland and Wales in June.

Aled de Malmanche was dropped after those tests but was on standby if Flynn failed the medical tests.

Tighthead prop John Afoa will cover hooker at short notice if required, the All Blacks coaches say.

The All Blacks assemble in Auckland on Thursday for a three-day training camp before they begin preparations for their opening Tri-Nations test against world champions South Africa at Eden Park on July 10th.