All Blacks squad

All Blacks squad named for Rugby Championship

The return of captain Kieran Read, lock Brodie Retallick and experienced hooker Dane Coles highlight the squad.

The All Blacks open the competition against the Wallabies in Sydney on August 18. 

As well as the 33-man squad, two other players will assemble with the squad as injury cover. Hooker Liam Coltman comes in as cover for Coles, who is expected to return to test match rugby some time during the Rugby Championship, while midfielder Ngani Laumape comes in for Sonny Bill Williams, who is recovering from a shoulder injury.

Two changes to All Blacks squad

RNZ reports Ardie Savea starts at openside flank for the injured Sam Cane, while in the reserves Lima Sopoaga replaces Aaron Cruden.

Cane is out with a hamstring injury, while Cruden has a groin strain.

Matt Todd goes into the reserves.

It is a first start for Ardie Savea after making five appearances from the bench.