Defence coach Scott McLeod said the All Blacks suffered no injuries in the 71-3 victory over Namibia, and gave an update on those players who have not appeared in the tournament yet – prop Tyrel Lomax, flanker Shannon Frizell and second five-eighths Jordie Barrett.
All Black Jordie Barrett has been hanging out for the chance to play second five-eighths in Test matches, and last week's double whammy of injuries in the position has provided him with a start against Australia in the Lipovitan-D Rugby Championship Test at Eden Park on Saturday.
Experienced hooker Dane Coles has never been shy about his feelings for the All Blacks jersey, and that attitude will be to the fore again as New Zealand look to complete their season like no other with a win over France in Paris on Sunday (NZT).
It will be a celebration of more than just rugby when a capacity crowd returns to Principality Stadium for the first time since the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic to watch the All Blacks and Wales renew their long-standing rivalry.
After all the talk about respective styles of play, the deciding moments of the final Fortinet Rugby Championship Test came down to crucial kicks by both sides before New Zealand were denied a Grand Slam 29-31 on the Gold Coast early on Sunday morning (NZT).