All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has announced that his side are to travel to South Africa without Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams.

After New Zealand’s victory over Argentina, Hansen explained; ‘Sonny has got bit of a busy schedule so we will let him have some time at home and DC [Dan Carter] can have some time at home as well – along with the other guys’.

Hansen added, ‘in deciding on the squad to travel to South Africa, the selectors based their selections on three criteria’.


‘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’.

The move is likely to give either Colin Slade or Beauden Barrett given the opportunity in the number 10 shirt, whilst Ryan Crotty or Malakai Fekitoa look set to step in for SBW.