10 Jun 2009

McGougan to replace Macintosh in Junior All Blacks

6:44 pm on 10 June 2009

The Bay of Plenty prop James McGougan has been called into the Junior All Blacks squad to replace Southland's Jamie Mackintosh, who has a fractured eye socket.

McGougan will travel to Samoa with the squad on Thursday for the Pacific Nations Cup and Macintosh may rejoin the team further into the tournament if his injury permits.

Mackintosh came into camp with a black eye and the extent of the injury only became known after that.

Meanwhile, Hawke's Bay's Karl Lowe, who's currently on paternity leave, will join the team in time for their second match in Fiji.

Otago's Alando Soakai will travel with the team to Samoa to provide cover for Lowe.