WELLINGTON, June 8 (Reuters) - Concussed All Blacks hooker Dane Coles was suprisingly named in Steve Hansen’s All Blacks squad on Thursday to face the British and Irish Lions in a three-test series starting on June 24.
Coles has barely played this season after suffering knee and calf injuries and then suffering concussion symptoms. He has not played for the Wellington Hurricanes since he limped off against the Otago Highlanders on March 18.
Captain Kieran Read and his fellow loose forwards Liam squire and Jerome Kaino were all also included despite all three still recovering from injuries.
The uncapped Wellington Hurricanes duo of Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape were both named in the 33-man squad, while Hansen named five additional players as injury cover with question marks still over Coles, Ryan Crotty and the three loose forwards.
Fullback Jordie Barrett, flyhalf Beauden Barrett and lock Scott Barrett became the first trio of brothers to be named in an All Blacks squad.
Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Nick Mulvenney