Winger Waisake Naholo was unexpectedly named in the All Blacks World Cup squad on Sunday after having been initially ruled out of contention when he suffered a broken leg on his test debut against Argentina last month.
Naholo sought out alternative treatment in Fiji in an effort to make the World Cup and had said earlier he expected to be fit for the All Blacks’ third pool game against Georgia on October 2.
The 24-year-old joins utility Nehe Milner-Skudder, who also had a superb Super Rugby season and impressive test performances, in the squad.
Richie McCaw will captain the side in his fourth World Cup as he seeks to become the first player to lift the Webb Ellis trophy for a second time.
Backs – Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Julian Savea, Malakai Fekitoa, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Ma’a Nonu, Colin Slade, Dan Carter, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow
Forwards: Kieran Read, Victor Vito, Liam Messam, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Richie McCaw (captain), Luke Romano, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Dane Coles, Keven Mealamu, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Tony Woodcock, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks