Young Taranaki and lockdown Chiefs Josh Lord have been called up to the All Blacks squad for year-end in the US and Europe.
The 20-year-old, who only made his Super Rugby debut earlier this year, arrives as Scott Barrett and Patrick Tuipulotu return to New Zealand for family reasons.
Lord is called in as senior players Sam Cane, Samuel Whitelock, Dane Coles and Shannon Frizell join the fray, all four scheduled to join the Northern Hemisphere squad.
All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said the team have done well in the rugby championship from a physical standpoint.
“Therefore, we have decided to add fewer players than planned for the next part of our 12 week tour.
“The fact that the Bunnings Warehouse NPC is continuing into November also means that we are also able to bring in potential replacements, if needed.”
After making his provincial debut for Taranaki in 2019, Lord was called up to the Chiefs’ larger training squad in 2020.
He moved up to the full squad this year, making his Super Rugby debut against the Crusaders and making five appearances.
Originally from the small town of Owhango in the center of the North Island, Lord attended Hamilton Boys’ High School and first appeared on the national radar with the University of Waikato Under-20s. , as well as the New Zealand Under-20 team in 2018.
As the All Blacks were unable to return to New Zealand, the team moved from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday.
The team would have a week off and a training camp next week before flying to the United States on October 17.
The All Blacks face the USA Eagles in Washington DC on October 23 before heading to Europe for test matches against Wales, Italy, Ireland and France.