Tom Taylor, Hika Elliot called into All Blacks

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Last updated 13:35 25/11/2012
Tom Taylor
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HEADING NORTH: Tom Taylor has received his first All Blacks call-up to provide injury cover at first five.
Hika Elliot
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ALL BLACKS CALL UP: Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot on the charge against the Crusaders.

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Crusaders first five eighth Tom Taylor and Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot have been called into the All Blacks in the wake of the All Blacks 33-10 win over Wales early today (NZ time).

Taylor will join the squad at 7 o'clock tonight (NZ time), while Elliott has remained in London following the New Zealand Maori's final match of their northern tour.

The pair has been whistled up due to the increasing attrition rate of a tour that's entering its fourth week.

Taylor, 23, will provide cover for Dan Carter, who missed the Wales test with an Achilles injury and is in doubt for next week's test against England at Twickenham.

Aaron Cruden has been troubled by Achilles problems all season and cramped up in the second half, while Beauden Barrett has spent the week nursing bruised ribs.

After today's test Elliot, a three test All Black already, is more likely to be required with incumbent hookers Andrew Hore and Keven Mealamu both in doubt for the tour finale.

Mealamu missed the Cardiff test due to ongoing calf problems, while Hore faces a likely suspension after king hitting Wales' lock Bradley Davies from behind in the second minute.

It is the first time Taylor, the son of 1987 World Cup All Black second five-eighth Warwick Taylor, has been called up by the national selectors.

Taylor's arrival time suggests he received the call before the Wales test, not an encouraging sign for Carter's chances of recovering in time to play against England.

The other injury concern following a brutal test at Millennium Stadium is loose head prop Tony Woodcock who came off after suffering knocks to his hip and calf.

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen will provide a more comprehensive injury update before the side leave Cardiff in the morning.

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