Five players called in by All Blacks selectors

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Lynn McConnell     22 Aug 2016     Getty Images

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said in Wellingon on Monday hooker Nathan Harris was out for the rest of the season with an ACL injury, hooker Codie Taylor and second five-eighths Ryan Crotty both suffered head knocks and they won't be playing on Saturday.


Wing Waisake Naholo has a hamstring injury while centre George Moala has a medial ligament strain so they won't be available either.

Players brought in are Liam Coltman, James Parsons, Damian McKenzie, Seta Tamanivalu and Rieko Ioane.

Flanker Matt Todd has returned to Canterbury as Sam Cane and Ardie Savea are both well.

Ioane was in as a wing who was also capable of playing in the midfield. Hansen said he had a very good Super Rugby season and was someone they saw as having a long future in the side.

"He's 19, he's been to the Olympics, he's been on the Sevens stage. He's done a lot of worldly things but this environment I'm sure will really test him so we'll just have to monitor that and see how he copes with it. If we think he's coping well enough with it then he may get an opportunity, if he's not then he won't," Hansen said.

"But what I do know is that the time being spent with us will be worthwhile. We'll get payback for it somewhere either in the short-term or the long-term."

Hansen said hooker Dane Coles had come through his unexpected 78 minutes in Sydney very well, surprisingly so, and he would be right to take part in training all week and be considered for Saturday.

"It's just a great opportunity in a year when we are trying to re-establish ourselves to get some other faces involved in the group that in the long term could possibly be here