He is one of four centres to be named in the squad to contest the Rugby Championship Tests.

The former NRL star missed the three-Test series against Wales in June while playing in the Sevens World Series for New Zealand.

New Zealand will be aiming to regain the Championship crown currently held by Australia.

“The quality of the opposition we’ll face during the Rugby Championship will require a growth in our physicality, intensity and the standard of our preparation,” All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.

“How well we do that will be reflected in our results.

“It’s going to be a very competitive Championship, which we’re all really looking forward to.”

Fullback Damien McKenzie and centre Seta Tamanivalu have been dropped following the 3-0 series win over Wales.