3 injured All Blacks to miss Rugby Championship tests

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Jerome Kaino of the All Blacks performs the haka

Jerome Kaino of the All Blacks performs the haka (Photo: Phil Walter / Pool)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Backs Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo and George Moala will rejoin the All Blacks for their last two matches in the Rugby Championship in Argentina and South Africa.

Center Moala and winger Naholo are both returning from injuries, while McKenzie will replace flyhalf Aaron Cruden, who is not traveling because of a groin injury.

Flanker Sam Cane will also miss the two matches with a hamstring strain. And fellow backrower Jerome Kaino will miss the Argentina test in Buenos Aires on Oct. 1 with a shoulder injury, but will rejoin the team for its final match against the Springboks in Durban on Oct. 8.

Liam Coltman will travel as the third hooker ahead of James Parsons.

New Zealand clinched the title with its 41-13 win over South Africa on Saturday.

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