Extra rest for top All Blacks

Date published: July 9 2015

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has hinted that several top All Blacks could be rested against Argentina next weekend.

Charlie Ngatai, Ofa Tu'ungafasi, George Moala, Tom Taylor, Brad Weber, Seta Taminavalu have all be released from the squad while 17 new players have linked up with the All Blacks from the Hurricanes and Highlanders after the Super Rugby Final, according to the NZ Herald.

The majority of those players who turned out at Apia Park are likely to be retained in Christchurch, as the All Blacks give the likes of Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu and Aaron Smith some extra rest.

Hansen added that his plans had been altered slightly with players recovering from the final and the performances of those in Wednesday's win.

Waisake Naholo and Nehe Milner-Skudder are both understood to be in contention to win their first cap on the wing vacated by Moala.

Nepo Laulala and Andy Ellis have remained with the squad.

"We have had a plan for along the way but obviously we have had to modify that in some small ways," Hansen told the NZ Herald.

"We have got a plan now for next week and the South African leg and then once we have got those legs out of the way we will look at the two Australian games and try to get everybody involved.

"We would like to give all of them some game time but because we had so many in the final that might be difficult. But I think most guys will get an opportunity."