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If you were worried about missing the chance to support the All Blacks during the Rugby World Cup at your local, fear not.
Liam Squire is inching closer to a dramatic re-call to the All Blacks.
Stuffunderstands Squire has advised All Blacks management he’s available to be considered for the 31-man World Cup squad, which will be named midday Wednesday in Auckland.
It’s now up to selectors Steve Hansen, Ian Foster and Grant Fox to decide whether they want to pick the 23-test blindside flanker for the defence of the Webb Ellis Cup in Japan.
Squire hasn’t played for the All Blacks since the 16-9 loss to Ireland in Dublin last November, having ruled himself out of the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup tests this year after his final season with the Highlanders was almost completely wiped-out because of injuries.
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Squire contacted coach Hansen before the All Blacks squad to play Argentina, South Africa and Australia was named to say he didn’t believe he was ready to play in the tests.
In doing so Squire became the first player to tell the national selectors he was unavailable since Brad Thorn declined to play for the All Blacks in 2001.
Hansen praised Squire, 28, for his honesty and told him the door remained open for a World Cup
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