1 Jun 2014

Two new All Blacks for June Tests

3:15 pm on 1 June 2014

Two new players have been named in the All Blacks and two loose forwards have returned to the national side for this month's three Test series with England.

Malakai Fekitoa during a Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and Western Force in Dunedin in March.

Malakai Fekitoa during a Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and Western Force in Dunedin in March. Photo: AAP / Ross Setford

The new players in the 31-man squad are the Highlanders midfielder Malakai Fekitoa and the Blues lock Patrick Tuipulotu.

The squad also features the return of the Blues loose forward Jerome Kaino as well as the Hurricanes number eight Victor Vito.

FORWARDS

Hookers

Dane Coles (Wellington / Hurricanes, 15), Keven Mealamu (Auckland / Blues, 110)

Props

Wyatt Crockett (Canterbury / Crusaders, 24), Charlie Faumuina (Auckland / Blues 17), Ben Franks (Hawke's Bay / Hurricanes, 31), Owen Franks (Canterbury, Crusaders, 54), Tony Woodcock (North Harbour/ Blues, 107)

Locks

Dominic Bird (Canterbury / Crusaders, 1), Brodie Retallick (Bay of Plenty, Chiefs, 24), Patrick Tuipulotu (Auckland / Blues), Samuel Whitelock (Canterbury/ Crusaders, 51)

Loose Forwards

Sam Cane (Bay of Plenty, Chiefs, 14), Jerome Kaino (Auckland / Blues, 48), Richie McCaw (c) (Canterbury / Crusaders, 124), Liam Messam (Waikato / Chiefs, 29), Kieran Read (Canterbury, Crusaders, 61), Victor Vito (Wellington / Hurricanes, 22)

BACKS

Halfbacks

Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Waikato / Chiefs, 14), TJ Perenara (Wellington / Hurricanes), Aaron Smith (Manawatu / Highlanders, 26)

First five-eighths

Beauden Barrett (Taranaki / Hurricanes, 16), Aaron Cruden (Manawatu / Chiefs, 29), Colin Slade (Canterbury / Crusaders (11)

Midfielders

Ryan Crotty (Canterbury / Crusaders, 5), Malakai Fekitoa (Auckland / Highlanders), Ma'a Nonu (Wellington / Blues, 88), Conrad Smith (Wellington / Hurricanes, 75)

Outside backs

Israel Dagg (Hawke's Bay / Crusaders, 38), Cory Jane (Wellington / Hurricanes, 45), Julian Savea (Wellington / Hurricanes, 20), Ben Smith (Otago / Highlanders, 26)

Players unavailable for selection due to injury include Blues duo Francis Saili (ankle) and Charles Piutau (knee) and Crusaders lock Luke Romano (ankle), while All Blacks first five-eighth Daniel Carter, who is on extended leave, was also unavailable.