Crusaders prop Ben Franks will join the All Blacks squad this week after an injury to John Afoa.
The 24-year-old Franks was a regular for the Crusaders in this year’s championship-winning Rebel Sport Super 14 campaign.
He has also represented New Zealand at the Under 21 and Under 19 levels.
Afoa, who started at tighthead prop in last night’s Test victory over Ireland, injured the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
The grade one tear to the MCL means the Blues prop is unavailable for selection for 3-4 weeks.