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All Blacks bolster squad

World champions New Zealand have called up squad reinforcements as injury and suspension threatened to hit their preparations for next Saturday's clash against England at Twickenham.

Crusaders fly-half Tom Taylor and Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot have both been summoned by All Blacks coach Steve Hansen following the 33-10 victory over Wales in Cardiff.

Taylor, son of 1987 World Cup winner Warwick Taylor, will provide cover for Dan Carter, who missed the Wales encounter because of an Achilles injury. Elliot, meanwhile, will link up with the squad as Keven Mealamu has a calf muscle problem and Andrew Hore is likely to find himself in disciplinary hot water.

Hore escaped any on-pitch sanction after he punched Wales lock Bradley Davies from behind in the first minute of yesterday's game.

But match citing commissioner, former England flanker Mike Rafter, is likely to report the 34-year-old for foul play. Rafter has until early tomorrow evening to make his decision.

If Hore is cited, then he can expect to face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Davies was unable to play any further part in the contest and went to hospital, where he was checked over. Neither referee Craig Joubert nor his assistants spotted Hore's punch.

"It does not look the best in the world. It looks like he (Davies) has been caught from behind," Wales head coach Warren Gatland said.

"You do not associate the All Blacks as being a side that resort to cheap shots, and I hope that is not the case and that maybe it was an accident. Bradley was a big loss to us and it took us a bit of time to cope."

Hansen accepted after the game that Hore would "probably be cited", and the All Blacks squad headed to London with that cloud hanging over them.


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