McCaw, Faumuina back in All Blacks plans

22:35, Jul 28 2013
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Kiwi and French fans enjoying the atmosphere at Eden Park before kick-off.
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The French team stands to face the haka.
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All Blacks captain Kieran Read takes a run at the French defence.
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Prop Wyatt Crockett takes it on the full.
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First five Aaron Cruden attempts a kick at goal for the All Blacks.
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French captain Thierry Dusautoir in action at Eden Park.
All Blacks vs France - First test
Aaron Smith smiles as he cruises in for a try.
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Flanker Sam Cane goes in under the posts for the All Blacks.
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Ma'a Nonu makes a break for the All Blacks.
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All Blacks fans singing aloud at Eden Park during the clash with France.
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Ben Smith, who set up a counter-attack try for Aaron Smith late in the first half, cuts through the French defence.
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A section of French supporters show off their colours at Eden Park.
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The French side huddle before kick-off in the first test against the All Blacks.
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All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith looks to force a turnover from French hooker Dimitri Szarzewski.
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France celebrate their first half try as dejected All Blacks look away.
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The engine room of the All Blacks, the front row of (from left) Owen Franks, Dane Coles and Wyatt Crockett pack down, with Liam Messam on the side.

World Cup winning captain Richie McCaw has predictably been brought back immediately into the All Blacks setup after his return from a seven-month break from rugby as New Zealand begin their preparations for next month's Rugby Championship.

The 32-year-old McCaw was included in a preliminary 30-man training squad on Monday for a two-day camp in Auckland this week as the All Blacks build up to their first match in the southern hemisphere competition against Australia in Sydney on Aug. 17.

McCaw took a six-month sabbatical from all rugby until June 30. He has played only one match of lower-level club rugby and made two cameo appearances off the bench for his Super Rugby side the Canterbury Crusaders since his return to the field.

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French fans capture the occasion ahead of kick-off in the second test at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
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All Blacks fans soak up the atmosphere ahead.
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The All Blacks perform the haka ahead of the second test against France from AMI Stadium in Christchurch.
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Julian Savea goes in to score the opening try of the game.
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Ma'a Nonu makes a break for the All Blacks.
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Louis Picamoles of France is tackled by Sam Cane
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All Black left wing Julian Savea scores.
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All Black fullback Israel Dagg in full flight.
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All Black centre Conrad Smith fends French replacement Mathieu Bastareaud.
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All Black first-five Aaron Cruden in action.
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A young fan waves a sign at AMI Stadium.
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Ben Smith is congratulated by his team mates after his try.
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Steam rises from the forward packs as the rain falls at AMI Stadium.
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French No 8 Louis Picamoles is stretchered from the field after an injury.
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All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg breaks a tackle in the second test.
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Aaron Cruden (right) hands the kicking tee to injured first-five/water-boy Dan Carter.

Local media reported on Monday he had experienced some soreness in his neck after he played 13 minutes for the Crusaders in their tense 20-19 semi-final loss to the Waikato Chiefs on Saturday.

That soreness meant he was only likely to play again in the All Blacks' training games against the Wellington and Canterbury provincial teams in Wellington on Aug. 9, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Tighthead prop Charlie Faumuina was also brought back into the training squad after he missed most of the Super Rugby season and the All Blacks June tests against France with a calf injury.

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A French fan is all smiles ahead of kick-off at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.
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Yarrow Stadium paints a fine picture ahead of kick-off.
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Ma'a Nonu meets some stern French defence.
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Rene Ranger in full flight for the All Blacks at Yarrow Stadium.
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All Black fans enjoying test rugby's return to New Plymouth.
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Ben Smith slides in to score for the All Blacks.
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Tensions flare as the rival packs square up at scrum time.
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All Blacks captain Kieran Read takes on the powerful French forwards.
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All Blacks Victor Vito and Luke Roman take the aerial route to the French.
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Local boy Beauden Barrett slides in to score for the All Blacks at the death.
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Sam Cane monsters a French player in a big tackle.
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Piri Weepu leads the All Blacks haka.
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All Blacks front row (from left) Owen Franks, Andrew Hore and Wyatt Crockett set to pack down.
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Conrad Smith evades the French defence.
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Charles Piutau charges into two French players.
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Beauden Barrett is mobbed by Charles Piutau and Israel Dagg after his late try.
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All Blacks fans sing the New Zealand anthem.
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The All Blacks line up for the national anthems.
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Referee Nigel Owens shows a yellow card to a French player.
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All Blacks prop Owen Franks proves difficult to bring down.

None of the Waikato Chiefs players were included in the squad as they prepare to host the Super Rugby final against the ACT Brumbies on Saturday in Hamilton.

Coach Steve Hansen is to name his final squad on Sunday for the Rugby Championship against the Wallabies, South Africa and Argentina.

Chiefs players Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, Brodie Retallick and Ben Afeaki all played against France and are expected to be included in that squad.

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MCCAW BACK: World Cup winning captain Richie McCaw has predictably been brought back immediately into the All Blacks setup.

All Blacks squad:

Backs - Israel Dagg, Charles Piutau, Julian Savea, Ben Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Rene Ranger, Francis Saili, Conrad Smith, Beauden Barrett, Daniel Carter, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Piri Weepu.

Forwards - Steven Luatua, Richie McCaw, Kieran Read, Brad Shields, Matt Todd, Victor Vito, Luke Romano, Jeremy Thrush, Samuel Whitelock, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Tony Woodcock, Dane Coles, Andrew Hore, Keven Mealamu.

Reuters