28 Jul 2008

Replacements called into All Black squad as cover

9:25 am on 28 July 2008

The Hawke's Bay hooker Hikawera Elliot and Wellington halfback Piri Weepu have been called into the All Blacks squad as injury cover while Auckland halfback Taniela Moa is likely to train with the team from tomorrow.

The call-ups come after All Blacks hooker Andrew Hore suffered a hip injury in Saturday night's Tri Nations loss to the Wallabies in Sydney, Andy Ellis bruised his ribs and Jimmy Cowan sprained his knee and broke his nose.

None of the three have yet been ruled out of this weekend's return Tri Nations match at Eden Park and will be further assessed by All Blacks medical staff this week.

Meanwhile, flanker Daniel Braid remains with the squad as cover for Richie McCaw and Kevin O'Neill returns to camp as Ali Williams manages an on-going ankle injury.