Rugby Championship

Kaino back with All Blacks, won't face Boks

2017-09-12 09:55
Jerome Kaino (Getty)

Cape Town - New Zealand have recalled flank Jerome Kaino to their training camp ahead of facing South Africa, but he isn't set to feature in Albany. 

Kaino, who has been dealing with off-field matters following revelations about his private life, hasn't played in this year's Rugby Championship. 

Liam Squire and Vaea Fifita have instead been involved as starters, with the latter performing excellently against the Pumas last weekend. 

Kaino though has been recalled this week as Fifita has a shoulder issue, but assistant coach Ian Foster said the former won't be involved. 

"We've had on-going conversations with him," he told the New Zealand Herald, with Kaino to play for Auckland against Southland on Friday. 

"He's had one game of Mitre 10 Cup and he'll have another one as he's been out of the game for a little while. He's got to show us he's in the right condition and shape to come back but it's great having him back." 

"It was quite a starting debut wasn't it so he's a bit sore," Foster added on the performance of Fifita. "We'll get a better handle on it tomorrow."

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