James Mortimer 20.Oct.2013Getty Images
Throughout the season the All Blacks have given young rakes a chance to be immersed within the Test environment.
Otago's Liam Coltman, Bay of Plenty's Nathan Harris and Taranaki's Rhys Marshall were never going to be in line to make a shock Test debut, but rather spent time absorbing as much information as possible.
This included rooming with the likes of Mealamu and Hore, to learn and practice the training methods, diet and sleeping patterns while in camp.
Hore and Mealamu, who have showed despite their elder statesmen status they still have the goods to mix it at Test level, will likely be used in a similar style of rotation used with Coles as has been seen so far this season.
All three have shared time on the field, with Hansen admitting earlier this year that the two senior pros had been invaluable with the changed scrum engagements.
Hansen said that the next tier had been given a tiny taste, but they would not have their development rushed.
“We are being patient,” the All Blacks coach said.
“We don’t want to chuck them in the deep end and knock their confidence.
“Another Super Rugby season will be good for the next hookers, it gives them the time and the space they need.”