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Flynn fitness boost for All Blacks
June 29, 2010
Hooker Corey Flynn retrieves the ball in training, New Zealand Maori training session, Freyberg Park, Auckland, New Zealand, June 8, 2010
Hooker Corey Flynn is set to bolster the All Blacks' ranks for this year's Tri-Nations © Getty Images

  • Hooker Corey Flynn has been given the all-clear to join the All Blacks as they build up for their first Tri-Nations match against South Africa in Auckland on July 10.

    A New Zealand Rugby Union statement said Flynn, who has fought his way back from an ankle injury, passed a check-up with All Blacks medical staff in Christchurch.

    Flynn, who turned out for New Zealand Maori when they beat England 35-28 last Wednesday, will join Keven Mealamu as one of two hookers in the All Blacks squad.

  • Sale Sharks have announced the signing of USA Eagles scrum-half Mike Petri.

    Sale Sharks head coach Mike Brewer commented, "As we saw in the recent Churchill Cup, Mike is a good organiser who bosses his forwards. He's a strong player with the ball. This will be his first full-time contract, training in a fully professional environment. He will encounter new daily challenges, and I'm certain they will contribute to a significant improvement in his game."

  • Former England coach Brian Ashton has returned to his rugby roots by accepting a coaching consultant role with National League Two North side Fylde RFC.

    Ashton played scrum-half for the club between 1966-1973 before moving on to play for Orrell, Montferrand, Roma and Milan. He then switched to coaching and had a brief spell back at Fylde before moving onto Bath, Ireland and then England during which time he set up the England Rugby National Academy.


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