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All Blacks call up injury cover ahead of France Test


Wellington – The All Blacks called up injury cover for their forward pack on Monday as the world champions’ sick list grows ahead of the first Test against France on Saturday. 

Locks Luke Romano and Tom Franklin, along with loose forward Matt Todd were called into the All Blacks’ camp in Auckland. 

Romano and Franklin are set to replace Brodie Retallick, who has a torn pectoral muscle, and Sam Whitelock, who is struggling to shake off concussion. 

Todd will stand in for Sam Cane if an abdominal strain prevents the flanker from playing against France. 

In some good news for the New Zealanders, Liam Squire has been cleared to play after the SANZAAR judiciary dismissed a striking charge against him. 

The judiciary found Hurricanes halfback TJ Perenara fell just as Squire committed to a tackle and dismissed the charge.

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