Hansen leaving two big names at home

Posted: July 19, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Steve Hansen is choosing to travel to South Africa without Dan Carter and Sonny Bill Williams. The All Blacks’ coach is looking to test the depth of his squad with the world cup coming up, and away to South Africa is as best and as toughest a way as ever.

‘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’.

He continued, ‘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’.

Carter won’t be missed too much, with Colin Slade and Beauden Barrett very much ready to step up to the plate. Both have displayed their class often enough already. Lima Sopoaga may also make an appearance, with Aaron Smith (his clubmate) starting at 9.

Without SBW, Ryan Crotty and Malakai Fekitoa have a chance to prove themselves to be world cup starters, but Waisake Naholo won’t have the opportunity after he suffered a cracked bone in his fibula

This is a massive blow for him after he fought to stay in New Zealand instead of travelling to Clermont next season.

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