The four-time World Cup experience of first five-eighths Dan Carter will be utilised by the All Blacks not only for Saturday's Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia but into the longer term Rugby World Cup campaign.
At the centre of a changed All Blacks tactical option in the loose, flanker Sam Cane said it had been difficult to make a judgment on its worth in the face of Australia's assault in the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Perth at the weekend.
Humbled and still feeling the rawness of defeat, All Blacks hooker Dane Coles said the one good point from their 26-47 loss to Australia in Perth at the weekend was they had another chance on Saturday in Auckland to turn things around and hold onto the Bledisloe Cup.
All eyes turn to Eden Park after Australia scored a stunning 47-26 win in Perth to get one hand on the Bledisloe Cup in a game that ensured the All Blacks will not claim the Investec Rugby Championship for 2019.
Facing the opportunity of achieving their second Investec Super Rugby championship hat-trick, the only team to have done it, the Crusaders management were already well into their preparation to meet the Jaguares.