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Matt Todd called into All Blacks squad

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James Mortimer     09 Sep 2013     Getty Images

With the most capped All Black in history out with a medial ligament injury, which will see him out for at least a month, Sam Cane is likely to step up and start against the Springboks at Eden Park this coming weekend.

While All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen thought that McCaw could be back to play the Springboks in the closing stages of the tournament, it was likely that he would be back for the final Test of the Bledisloe Cup - already retained by New Zealand.

McCaw will not have surgery, despite falling in a tackle with a host of players above him.

Cane will step up as the coaches have faith in the youngest player in the All Blacks squad, although he will not be the only back rower in the mix.

Chiefs co-captain Liam Messam will be in the frame to face the Springboks, giving the World Champions backup as McCaw is ruled out.

However Hansen did not confirm that the most capped Chiefs player in history would walk back into the starting side.

In the backs, Ma'a Nonu could be ready to play after Francis Saili made his Test debut in Hamilton.