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All Blacks lock John Barclay to join New Zealand locks team

The All Blacks have signed lock John Bradley to join the lock unit in the upcoming Rugby Championship.

Bradley, who played for the All Blacks in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, will link up with the Chiefs on Thursday.

Bradleys arrival is the latest in a series of signings that have included lock Taane Milne, lock Jonathan Joseph, wing and halfback Jonathan Davies and half back Alex Goode.

Bradys signing comes on the back of a year-long contract with the All Black’s squad.

He will replace fellow lock Latham who signed a new contract on Monday.

Bradyn Barr has been in excellent form for the Chiefs and has been a regular in their lock-downs, having made 23 appearances for the squad this season.

Bradly’s arrival is a big boost for the lock units, with Bradley having previously been a key cog in the Chiefs lock-down.

He is set to link up alongside the likes of Taane, Jonathan, Aaron and Kieran Read in the lock-ups.

He joins locks Chris Carter and Dane Haylett-Petty who were all in superb form this season and will join locks David Pocock and Scott Barrett in the All-Black lock-up.

Bradwood, 29, has played in all the lockdowns in his career and has also captained the Chiefs for their recent tour of Japan.

“It is an honour to be joining the All black lock unit, and it is great to be part of it,” Bradley said.

Bradley’s arrival comes on a big day for the locks, with the World Cup having come to an end.

This is a huge step up for the New Zealand lock-backs and I am very excited to get started and play for my country.

“Bradly will link-up with the New Zealander lock-team in their opening match against England on Friday night at Eden Park.