New Zealand recalled winger Rene Ranger to its Tri-Nations rugby squad for the Aug. 21 match against South Africa in Johannesburg.
Ranger, who was dropped after scoring in his starting debut on July 17, will replace Jimmy Cowan should he fail a fitness test in two days, the New Zealand Rugby Union said. If Cowan is fit, fellow scrum-half Alby Mathewson will drop out.
The 26-man squad will depart Aug. 14 to prepare for the sellout match at Soccer City. All 88,791 tickets were sold last month, marking the biggest crowd for a Springboks Test since 1955, the South African Rugby Union said.
The All Blacks lead the standings with 19 points following their 20-10 win over Australia three days ago and require a single bonus point from their remaining two games to seal a record-extending 10th southern hemisphere championship.
Forwards: John Afoa, Anthony Boric, Tom Donnelly, Corey Flynn, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu, Kieran Read, Brad Thorn, Victor Vito, Samuel Whitelock, Tony Woodcock.
Backs: Daniel Carter, Jimmy Cowan/Alby Mathewson, Aaron Cruden, Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Mils Muliaina, Ma’a Nonu, Rene Ranger, Joe Rokocoko, Conrad Smith, Benson Stanley, Piri Weepu.