Franks and Messam out, Carter likely, Nonu in doubt
James Mortimer 01 Sep 2013 Getty Images
Ma’a Nonu, who has been under a small cloud due to an ankle injury, has not been ruled out at this stage for the All Blacks. If he is, Francis Saili or Ryan Crotty are chances to make their Test starting debuts, although another backup for the second five-eighth position could be cleared to play.
While Dan Carter is the team’s senior number ten, head coach Steve Hansen did confirm he was also in the squad for cover, due to the team’s limited options at number 12.
Carter and Beauden Barrett are both likely to be available for selection, and pending on what the week unfolds both could play prominent roles in the upcoming Test.
However with second five-eighth a position the All Blacks would desperately love to develop depth in, there is a strong likelihood of the impressive Saili or Crotty could move into contention for a start.
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