The All Blacks have announced that Stephen Donald and Hosea Gear will be called into the squad to cover for the injured Mils Muliaina (shoulder) and Colin Slade (groin).

All Blacks management have confirmed the replacements, with Slade and Muliaina in grave doubt for the final should their teammates win their way through to face either France or Wales.

However, with the Wallabies the first task, the much-maligned Donald is an unlikely proposition coming in from the cold.

Injuries have left New Zealand Rugby Union selectors little choice and the former first five-eight may see some minutes from the bench behind third-string flyhalf Aaron Cruden.

Slade suffered a similar groin injury that prematurely ended Dan Carter’s World Cup, while Muliaina’s 100th test was spoiled by an injury to his left shoulder, forced to leave the field midway through the match.

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