Watch: All Blacks' newbies Frizell, Tahuriorangi get stuck into first training session

All Blacks newbies Shannon Frizell and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi got stuck into their first training session with their new teammates, as the side hit the field in Auckland this morning.

Highlanders loose forward Frizell, 24, and Chiefs halfback Tahuriorangi, 23, were two of three new faces in Steve Hansen's 33-man squad for next month's series against France.

Frizell is expected to fill in for the likes of the injured Kieran Read and overseas bound Jerome Kaino for the series, while Tahuriorangi will act as third halfback behind Aaron Smith and TJ Perenara.

The boss appears to be on great terms with the Chiefs first-five as the international season looms. Source: 1 NEWS

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Crusaders number eight Jordan Taufua was the third new cap announced in Sunday's squad.

The pair were called up for the All Blacks' squad to face France next month. Source: 1 NEWS


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Watch: Livewire Aaron Smith lights up All Blacks training

All Blacks halfback Aaron Smith was his usual self at his side's training in Auckland this morning, putting in a relentless showing in preparation to face France next month.

Smith, 29, will almost certainly be Steve Hansen's first choice halfback when the series against France kicks off, having been a shining light so far for the Highlanders in Super Rugby this season.

The halfback will be hoping to add to his 71-Test caps when the series against France begins on June 9 at Eden Park.

The halfback was a bundle of energy in Auckland this morning. Source: 1 NEWS


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Video: Sam Whitelock sits out All Blacks training as Liam Squire returns

There was mixed news for the All Blacks on the injury front at team training in Auckland this morning, with captain Sam Whitelock a spectator while Liam Squire made his return.

With captain Kieran Read out recovering from a back injury, Whitelock will lead the side in next month's three-Test series with France, although he sat out of today's training over concussion concerns.

Squire on the other hand took part in training, having broken his thumb in action for the Highlanders against the Crusaders back in March.

The pair will be in the mix for coach Steve Hansen's first team of the year, when the All Blacks face France at Eden Park on June 9.

Captain Whitelock was resting after a concussion concern, while Squire appears to be over his broken thumb. Source: 1 NEWS


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