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Dan Carter To Rejoin All Blacks Squad

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Dan Carter To Rejoin All Blacks Squad

Donnelly called in as cover with Evans under injury cloud

All Black Dan Carter is to join the All Blacks squad for the remainder of the team's Investec Tri Nations campaign, with Otago lock Tom Donnelly also coming in as cover at this week's one-day camp.

The All Blacks will come together for a one-day training camp in Auckland on Wednesday before assembling in Sydney on Sunday to prepare for the Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 22 August.

Donnelly is providing cover for lock Bryn Evans, who is under an injury cloud.

All Blacks Doctor Deb Robinson said Evans had trained on Thursday but had reported pain in his back and leg on Friday and had to withdraw from the Hawke's Bay team for their Air New Zealand Cup match against Wellington on Saturday afternoon.

"Bryn will be having a scan today so we can see what the long-term prognosis will be," Dr Robinson said.

Carter has played a club game and two rounds of the Air New Zealand Cup since returning to rugby following his Achilles injury and All Blacks Coach Graham Henry said he had spoken to the 59-Test All Black who was "very keen" to rejoin the All Blacks.

"He is a key member of the All Blacks, has recovered well from his injury and has made a great return to rugby so now is the right time to bring him back into the squad," Henry said.

Carter will also be available for Canterbury's Air New Zealand Cup round three match against Waikato on Friday night.

Wellington's Tamati Ellison, who has been with the squad as cover, will also attend the Auckland camp together with Isaia Toeava, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his foot.

Meanwhile, Henry and his Assistant Coaches Wayne Smith and Steve Hansen will finalise the 26-strong All Blacks squad for Sydney next Saturday.

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