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Rieko Ioane selected for All Blacks' northern tour

The exciting Blues Super Rugby youngster Rieko Ioane has been selected for the All Blacks' end-of-year tour of the U.S. and Europe.

Ioane, 19, enjoyed a solid debut campaign with 10 tries in nine games for the Blues. He also topped the league for clean breaks, defenders beaten and metres run.

The outside back will be joined by squad apprentice Jordie Barrett, the 19-year-old younger brother of star five-eighth Beauden Barrett, as the world champions will take in Chicago, Rome, Dublin and Paris on a whirlwind four-week tour as they look to complete a perfect 2016 campaign..

A third Barrett brother, Scott, 22, has also been named as injury cover for Sam Whitelock, who is facing a spell on the sidelines with a sprained ankle.

For Ioane, the call-up realised a childhood dream after he also took part in the All Blacks Sevens' unsuccessful Rio Olympics tilt under Sir Gordon Tietjens.

"I wasn't expecting to be anywhere close to this team," Ioane said.

"I'm just happy enough to be the coach's choice, to pick me."

Ioane will likely be used as a winger on tour, as opposed to centre, as the All Blacks look to develop him into a world-class finisher.

"He's a big man, a fast man but by no means the finished product, and there's a lot of conditioning work we can put into him," coach Steve Hansen said.

"It'll give us another man on the end of the chain, a la Julian Savea or Waisake Naholo, who are both big men as well."

Ioane, for his part, had no qualms playing anywhere Hansen requested. He is just happy to learn at the highest possible level, saying he is fit and ready to fill in.

"I'd be happy to be a prop if I could," Ioane said.

"It was awesome going to Rio, but my dream since I was little was always to be an All Black and to get that call was huge."

Hansen hoped the inclusion of players such as Ioane, Damian McKenzie, Jordie Barrett and Anton Lienert-Brown would future-proof his side.

He said his work in re-establishing the squad after the loss of several stars including Richie McCaw remained incomplete, despite a near-flawless year.

The All Blacks blitzed Wales 3-0 in their June series before strolling to clean sweeps in the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup. The side also secured a record 18th consecutive Test win, against the Wallabies on Saturday, with the chance to stretch the streak to 22 on tour.

"It'll give us the opportunity to continue to blend this young talent with a more experienced group, so we can future-proof the side going forward," Hansen said.

Backs: Ben Smith, Damian McKenzie, Israel Dagg, Waisake Naholo, Julian Savea, Rieko Ioane, Anton Lienert-Brown, Malakai Fekitoa, George Moala, Ryan Crotty, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Cruden, Lima Sopoaga, Aaron Smith, TJ Perenara, Tawera Kerr-Barlow.

Forwards: Kieran Read (captain), Liam Squire, Sam Cane, Matt Todd, Ardie Savea, Jerome Kaino, Elliot Dixon, Steven Luatua, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Tuipulotu, Owen Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Joe Moody, Wyatt Crockett, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, Luke Romano, Dane Coles, Codie Taylor, Liam Coltman.

Injury cover: Scott Barrett

Apprentice: Jordie Barrett