Uncapped duo in All Blacks squad

Uncapped duo Brendon Leonard and John Schwalger have been called up to the New Zealand squad for the Tests against France, Canada and the upcoming Tri-Nations tournament.

Uncapped duo Brendon Leonard and John Schwalger have been called up to the New Zealand squad for the Tests against France, Canada and the upcoming Tri-Nations tournament.

But injured forwards Jason Eaton and Greg Sommerville were left out as the 20 players in the 'reconditioned squad' of All Blacks were announced.

Keith Robinson replaces Eaton at lock, while props Neemia Tialata and Schwalger were named as Sommerville recovers from an Achilles injury. Sione Lauaki was not considered due to injury.

Chiefs scrum-half Leonard and Hurricanes forward Schwalger have been promoted after strong Super 14 showings.

However, there were a number of notable absentees including Jimmy Cowan, Mose Tuiali'i, Ma'a Nonu, Corey Flynn and Rico Gear.

Doug Howlett replaces Gear, who is included in a Junior All Blacks squad for the IRB Pacific Nations Cup event.

Lock Ali Williams and winger Sitiveni Sivivatu are also named despite recent disciplinary issues.

New Zealand squad:

Forwards: Jerry Collins (Wellington), Troy Flavell (Blues), Carl Hayman (Otago), Andrew Hore (Taranaki), Chris Jack (Tasman), Richie McCaw (Canterbury), Chris Masoe (Wellington), Keven Mealamu (Auckland), Anton Oliver (Otago), Keith Robinson (Chiefs), John Schwalger (Hurricanes), Rodney So'oialo (Wellington), Neemia Tialata (Wellington), Reuben Thorne (Canterbury), Ali Williams (Auckland), Tony Woodcock (North Harbour);

Backs: Dan Carter (Canterbury), Nick Evans (Highlanders), Doug Howlett (Blues), Byron Kelleher (Waikato), Brendon Leonard (Chiefs), Leon MacDonald (Canterbury), Aaron Mauger (Canterbury), Luke McAlister (Blues), Malili Muliaina (Waikato), Josevata Rokocoko (Auckland), Conrad Smith (Hurricanes), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Waikato), Isaia Toeava (Blues), Piri Weepu (Wellington).

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