Williams experience crucial for All Blacks
James Mortimer 30 Oct 2012 Getty Images
It appears Sam Whitelock is now recognised as the senior lock in New Zealand Rugby, but the Crusaders second row forward has played plenty of rugby this season so far.
Hansen said choosing the second row forwards had not been an easy decision.
"Obviously there has been a lot of debate about the fourth lock," Hansen said.
"It is a selection the three of us (selectors) spent a lot of time discussing. We came to the same conclusions we came to in June.
They said the fact that Williams was the second most capped All Blacks lock, only behind Ian Jones, that gave him the nod.
"We have a 75 Test veteran," Hansen said.
"Yes he hasn't played a lot of rugby because of injury but we know he has the mental capacity to do the job on the field.
"He brings with him a huge amount of experience and we know he is good at assisting the young guys. Retallick and Romano will benefit from that and hence why he has been selected."
Most popular News:
All Blacks selection round table: The loose forwards21.Dec.2014
Black Ferns gain automatic qualification into 2017 World Cup20.Dec.2014
Reds confirm Ballymore pre-season against Crusaders20.Dec.2014
Barbarians confirm 125th birthday clash with Argentina19.Dec.2014
Carter to leave New Zealand Rugby at end of 201518.Dec.2014
New Zealand Rugby mourns the loss of Jack Hazlett17.Dec.2014