New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen has hinted that lock Luke Romano could replace Brodie Retallick against Scotland on Saturday.
All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has hinted that lock Luke Romano could replace Brodie Retallick against Scotland at Murayfield on Saturday.
Retallick, who injured his shoulder against the English, is unavailable for this weekend’s game but should return to face Wales on November 22.
And it appears that Bird is a possible starter for the Murrayfield clash, with a place in the matchday 23 highly likely according to head coach Hansen.
“I’m confident he could start or come off the bench,” he told stuff.co.nz on Monday.
“He has made some really good progress, the well-being group have done some really good work with him and he has worked hard himself.
“He is in great physical shape now and just needs games.”
In other selection possibilities, the absence of Conrad Smith due to personal reasons will likely see a straight shoot-out between Ryan Crotty and Malakai Fekitoa at 13. However, both may line up together in midfield if Hansen feels Sonny Bill Williams needs a break.