First choice Hurricanes fly-half Beauden Barrett is still under an injury cloud for Friday's clash with the Highlanders in Napier.
That was the word from the Wellington-based franchise's head coach Chris Boyd, who said the All Blacks pivot has a 50/50 chance of returning to action this weekend from the knee injury he suffered during the Hurricanes’ match against the Crusaders in Round 12.
"He's going to partake in training fully today [Monday], and we'll probably make a decision at the back end of training on whether he's ready to go," Boyd told Fairfax Media.
"It's probably still 50/50, I'm not a medical man so they'll tell me if he's ready to go."
If Barrett is declared fit, Otere Black – who has been wearing the Hurricanes' number 10 jersey during their most recent matches against the Blues and the Crusaders – will fly out to Italy to join the New Zealand U20 side for the second match of their World Championships campaign against Argentina on Saturday.
But if Barrett is not ready to play then Black will stay with the Hurricanes and fly with the team to Napier.