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One newcomer in ABs squad

Published: 10:15AM Sunday October 22, 2006 Source: ONE Sport

The All Blacks selectors have named just one new-comer to the squad for the end of year European tour, with Canterbury halfback Andy Ellis getting his first call-up.

Ellis, who battled injury earlier this year, was included in the squad ahead of Southland's Jimmy Cowan.

The other major talking point of the naming was a notable recall for Waikato's Keith Robinson who earned six caps between 2002 and 2004 before a long-term back injury.

"It's great to see Keith back in an All Blacks squad," said All Blacks coach Graham Henry. "He is an accomplished lock with a great attitude on and off the field."

The list of All Blacks returning to the squad after injury also includes Otago lock James Ryan and his provincial teammate first five-eighth Nick Evans, as well as Wellington midfielders Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith.

Another four recent All Blacks were unavailable for selection due to injury: Troy Flavell, Doug Howlett, Angus Macdonald and Greg Somerville.

All Blacks squad: John Afoa (Auckland), Dan Carter (Canterbury), Jerry Collins (Wellington), Clarke Dermody (Southland), Jason Eaton (Taranaki), Andy Ellis (Canterbury), Nick Evans (Otago), Rico Gear (Tasman), Carl Hayman (Otago), Andrew Hore (Taranaki), Chris Jack (Tasman), Byron Kelleher (Waikato), Luke McAlister (North Harbour), Richie McCaw - captain (Canterbury), Leon MacDonald (Canterbury), Chris Masoe (Wellington), Aaron Mauger (Canterbury), Keven Mealamu (Auckland), Mils Muliaina (Waikato), Ma'a Nonu (Wellington), Anton Oliver (Otago), Keith Robinson (Waikato), Joe Rokocoko (Auckland), James Ryan (Otago), Sitiveni Sivivatu (Waikato), Conrad Smith (Wellington), Rodney So'oialo (Wellington), Reuben Thorne (Canterbury), Neemia Tialata (Wellington), Piri Weepu (Wellington), Ali Williams (Auckland), Tony Woodcock (North Harbour).