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Number eight and captain Read took a knock to the back in the first half but is expected to be fit, with the inspirational forward overcoming the injury to play the full 80 minutes, while Sam Whitelock’s elbow injury isn’t as serious as initially feared.
Whitelock, a late replacement for Brodie Retallick, again confirmed his status as arguably one of the game’s premier lock forwards with a stellar display that saw the World Champions lineout dismantle the French aerial attack.
Retallick, ruled out with a hamstring injury, will not be replaced in the squad, and while his leg will be monitored, he is not likely to play at Yarrow Stadium next weekend.
Hansen, who initially made no changes to his starting XV, isn’t expected to make wholesale changes to his team, but considering Read’s importance to the national – as well as the Crusaders – cause, he may be spelled considering the series has been wrapped up.
Also likely to return to action is first five-eighth Dan Carter, who has missed the last two Tests with a hand injury.
“Everyone should be available for selection, including DC, so that's good news,” Hansen said.
“But clearly there's a few guys that are sore. Reado being one and Sam Whitelock has got a sore elbow just to name a couple, (but) everyone is expected to be available.'
“Now it's about getting the next 60 hours right with our recovery, getting re-energised, getting up to New Plymouth and getting ready to train on Tuesday.”