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Hansen: NZ can handle injuries

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Sportal.co.nz     16 Aug 2013     Getty Images

Carter was ruled out on Tuesday with a calf injury, giving Aaron Cruden several days to prepare with the starting side.

In contrast, replacement at blindside flanker Steven Luatua will have just one training session with the squad on Friday to prepare after Messam also succumbed to a calf injury on Thursday.

"It's just one of those things, you've just got to roll with the punches," an unfazed Hansen said at Sydney Airport on Thursday evening.

"Steven's been preparing to play all week. He'll be fine, he fitted into the last part of training good.

"We're very confident that he'll do a great job.

"It's very exciting for him. It's his first really big test. I'm sure he'll pump up for it, he's looking forward to it."

Pressed on the impact the injuries have had on his side's preparation, Hansen added: "DC went out early in the week. That was disappointing but Crudes has come in and trained well.

"We have a mantra within the group that everyone prepares to play and Steven's done that well.

"He's had a good week with his preparation and now he gets his opportunity."

Meanwhile, Hansen labelled the 23-man Wallabies squad 'pretty predictable' and says he knows exactly what to expect from the Wallabies in their first game under new mentor Ewen McKenzie.

"Ewen's telling them they're going to outsmart us and they're going to play this sneaky, smart game," Hansen said.

"The reality is he's going to play a little bit like Queensland and mix a wee bit of the Brumbies defence in it.

"We just have to prepare well for that and we've done that."