Veteran halfback TJ Perenara was welcomed back into the All Blacks squad named Monday for the upcoming Rugby Championship after returning from a stint playing in Japan.
Perenara had flirted with the idea of switching to the NRL with the Sydney Roosters after his contract with Japan’s NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes expired but instead signed on with New Zealand for a tilt at the 2023 World Cup.
The 29-year-old was rewarded with a spot in the 36-man squad for the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup tournaments.
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He replaces rookie Finlay Christie, who will remain with the squad as temporary cover.
Braydon Ennor returns to the squad after missing recent Tests against Fiji and Tonga with appendicitis.
Among the forwards,…