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Woodcock only worry for AllBlacks, as Springboks name tourists

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James Mortimer and sarugby.net     19 Aug 2012     Getty Images

Woodcock had a minor rib injury, which meant the front rower wasn't able to close out a match where he showed again why New Zealand's most capped prop was a world class player.

The match was the first time the World Cup winning front row of Woodcock, Keven Mealamu and Owen Franks was reunited, and they put in a performance which Hansen referred to as "dominating" although he felt some of the set piece work could be improved.

Returning to Auckland is a positive for the All Blacks, but Hansen warned that there would be no falling back on their outstanding record there, nor the crucial away win in the battle to win The Investec Rugby Championship.

"If we go home and think we've done the job already then it's a recipe for disaster."

What will be of further interest, beyond any changes to the All Blacks team, named later this week, will be what impact the replacements have in the second match at Eden Park.

Hansen said post match that perhaps the All Blacks could have used some fresh legs later in the match.

Meanwhile the Springbok squad that will be travelling to Argentina was named in Cape Town on Saturday evening, with Craig Burden coming in for the injured Bismarck du Plessis at hooker.

Du Plessis injured his right knee early in the game. He was taken for scans during the game, which confirmed the diagnosis of an injury to his medial and anterior cruciate ligaments. It will require surgical correction and he will be out for the remainder of the season.

Burden, who plays for The Sharks, was on the official standby list and will depart with the squad from Johannesburg on Sunday morning.

Apart from Du Plessis, the match day 22 that beat Argentina by 27-6 have been retained and five players were added to provide depth in certain crucial positions – Tiaan Liebenberg and Burden (hookers), Dean Greyling (prop), Juandré Kruger (lock) and Jano Vermaak (scrumhalf).

Following the Springboks’ return from Argentina, the national selectors will meet to select a touring squad of 28 that will travel to Australia and New Zealand for the third and fourth rounds of The Castle Rugby Championship.

“We only finalised the touring squad after the Test against Argentina at DHL Newlands on Saturday afternoon as we wanted to first assess the injury situation,” said Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer.

“It’s never nice to leave behind players, but we’re only permitted to travel with 26 players. The players that stay behind will benefit from game time in the Absa Currie Cup and will certainly be in the selection frame when we select the squad for the next leg of The Castle Rugby Championship.”

The 26-man Springbok squad to Argentina:

Forwards (15):

Willem Alberts, Andries Bekker, Craig Burden, Pat Cilliers, Marcell Coetzee, Keegan Daniel, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Dean Greyling, Juandré Kruger, Tiaan Liebenberg, Tendai Mtawarira, Jacques Potgieter, Adriaan Strauss, Flip van der Merwe.

Backs (11): Jean de Villiers (captain), JJ Engelbrecht, Bryan Habana, Francois Hougaard, Zane Kirchner, Patrick Lambie, Lwazi Mvovo, Ruan Pienaar, Frans Steyn, Morné Steyn, Jano Vermaak.