Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams will not travel to South Africa for Round Two of the Rugby Championship next weekend.
Wing Waisake Naholo has been ruled out of the clash with the Springboks, and the World Cup, due to a cracked fibula suffered against Argentina while coach Steve Hansen has decided to give Carter and Williams a break.
Hansen has named a 31-man squad to travel to Johannesburg for the Test against the Springboks on July 25 with Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams being rested.
"In deciding on the squad to travel to South Africa, the selectors based their selections on three criteria," explained Hansen.
"Firstly, we have picked experienced players who are well aware of the challenge of playing South Africa at home.
"Secondly, we want to give some other players the opportunity to see how they cope under the extreme pressure of playing South Africa; and thirdly, we took into consideration the fact that some players in the squad could do with having a break for various reasons, so they will be staying home to freshen up."
Hansen feels Carter and Williams deserve a break.
"Normally if we had a squad of 31, both of them would be in it and would be coming," he said.
"Sonny has got bit of a busy schedule so we will let him have some time at home and DC can have some time at home as well – along with the other guys."
All players who are remaining in New Zealand will be given individual training programmes to work on and will reassemble with the rest of squad in August and be available for selection for the Bledisloe Cup Tests.
New Zealand squad:
Hookers: Dane Coles, Keven Mealamu, Codie Taylor
Props: Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala,Tony Woodcock
Locks: James Broadhurst, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano,Samuel Whitelock
Loose forwards: Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw, Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Victor Vito
Scrum-halves: Andy Ellis, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith
Fly-half: Beauden Barrett, Colin Slade, Lima Sopoaga
Centre: Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith
Outside backs: Israel Dagg, Charles Piutau, Julian Savea, Ben Smith