All Blacks add injury cover

Squad bolstered ahead of second Test

Last Updated: 28/07/08 11:50am

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Weepu: Cover

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New Zealand have added hooker Hikawera Elliott and scrum-halfs Piri Weepu and Taniela Moa to their squad as injury cover ahead of this weekend's Tri-Nations match against Australia.

Hooker Andrew Hore suffered a hip injury in the All Blacks' 34-19 loss to the Wallabies on Saturday, while scrum-half Andy Ellis left the field with bruised ribs.

Ellis's own replacement, Jimmy Cowan, suffered a knee injury and a broken nose in the Bledisloe Cup encounter.

Team management said on Monday that Elliot and Weepu were to join the squad later in the day, with Moa likely to start training on Tuesday.

However, none of the three injured players has yet been ruled out of the second Test, to be played at Auckland's Eden Park.

The All Blacks also hope captain Richie McCaw will return from injury to bolster the loose forwards but replacement Daniel Braid will remain with the squad as cover.

Meanwhile, lock Kevin O'Neill has returned to the squad as cover for Ali Williams, who played on Saturday but has yet to fully recover from an ankle injury.

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