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All Blacks call up four as injury cover

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New Zealand rugby's forgotten man, Colin Slade, was among four players called up Monday to shore up the All Blacks' injury-hit squad ahead of Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against Australia. 

New Zealand All Black fly-half Colin Slade runs with ball away from Canada's hooker Pat Riordan during the 2011 Rugby World Cup pool A match New Zealand vs Canada at the Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington on October 2, 2011. Slade, was among four players called up Monday to shore up the All Blacks' injury-hit squad ahead of Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against Australia.

Aaron Cruden (knee) and Beauden Barrett (calf) both emerged from New Zealand's 47-29 win over the Wallabies on Saturday nursing injuries, forcing coach Steve Hansen to look for other options at fly-half in a squad already missing Dan Carter (calf).

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