All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has revealed that his squad for the away Tests against Argentina and South Africa is unlikely to have surprise selections.
Hansen said All Blacks selector Grant Fox was keeping an eye on players in the ITM Cup, but his duties were more about monitoring the form of fringe players rather than unearthing a future star.
There was also a need to look at the form of players that were involved with the All Blacks' wider training group earlier in the year to make sure they will be ready to fill in if one of the current All Blacks were ruled out through injury.
"The reality is the players that we are keen on, we keep an eye on," Hansen told New Zealand's LiveSPORT radio.
"The ITM Cup rugby is all about guys getting themselves into the franchise teams from there ... that's the pathway.
"We have used players from there for end of years tours before and found what we were seeing at ITM Cup wasn't replicated at our level because the step is just too great.
"So we have taken the attitude that yeah, we'll keep an eye on the fringe players that might come into the team but the other guys are really working their way into franchise sides.
"Cleary we are flexible enough that if someone really stood up and was so outstanding that you could not pick them, we'd look at that player as well."
The All Blacks next match is against Argentina in La Plata on 30 September and Hansen is sitting on a potential selection dilemma for their tour.
He will probably have to choose between taking Beauden Barrett as cover for Dan Carter's calf injury or picking five props for the tour.
Hansen said current medical reports showed that Carter is set to be ready for the Test against the Pumas.
"But we have the option to take three five-eighths (fly-halves) if we need to, just to give him a bit more time," he explained.
He also defended the selection of Piri Weepu and is happy with the contrast in styles the veteran scrum-half and Aaron Smith offers.
"We saw in Wellington whey he is the right fit," Hansen said of Weepu.
"When the game suits his style there's none better.
"He's not the same type of players as Aaron Smith at all. Aaron is nippy and carries the ball whereas Weepu is always looking to organise and get things going off slower ball.
"The two contrasts are great for us when we are in those (differing) games."