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Two new caps in All Blacks squad for Europe

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Tawera Kerr-Barlow playing for Waikato in the ITM Cup.

Tawera Kerr-Barlow playing for Waikato in the ITM Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Uncapped players Tawera Kerr-Barlow and Dane Coles were called up in world No.1 New Zealand's 32-man squad named on Monday for their four-Test rugby union tour of Europe.

Coach Steve Hansen is taking a full strength All Blacks on the tour after saying he wanted to reward the performances of the players who are unbeaten in 10 Tests this year.

Livewire halfback Kerr-Barlow impressed for the Super Rugby champion Chiefs and won the nod ahead of consistent Canterbury No.9 Andy Ellis.

Wellington's Coles saw off Hika Elliot in what was regarded as two-way duel for the third hooker spot.

Ali Williams is recalled to the squad as a fourth lock, having played little rugby this year. The 75-Test veteran injured himself midway through the series against Ireland in June.

Flanker Adam Thomson wasselected even though he is yet to commit to New Zealand rugby beyond this year. There is speculation Thomson may be on the verge of signing with a Japanese club.

Veteran skipper Richie McCaw will lead the tour party for Tests against Scotland in Edinburgh on November 11, Italy in Rome on November 17, Wales in Cardiff on November 24 and England in London on December 1.

Hansen will want to complete an unbeaten first year as coach since succeeding World Cup-winning coach Graham Henry.

The All Blacks whitewashed Ireland in a three-Test series in June before winning all six Tests to claim the inaugural Rugby Championship.

Their only hiccup was an 18-18 draw with Australia in Brisbane on October 20.

All Blacks tour squad:

Backs: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Julian Savea, Hosea Gear, Conrad Smith, Ben Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Tamati Ellison, Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Piri Weepu, Tawera Kerr-Barlow

Forwards: Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Sam Cane, Liam Messam, Victor Vito, Adam Thomson, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Ali Williams, Tony Woodcock, Owen Franks, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Wyatt Crockett, Keven Mealamu, Andrew Hore, Dane Coles

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FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
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RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
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NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
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RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
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