Rugby Championship

All Blacks boosted by fit-again trio

2016-10-03 18:57
Jerome Kaino (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is expected to make several changes to his team for their clash against South Africa in Durban on Saturday.

After their comfortable 36-17 win over Argentina on Saturday, New Zealand have been boosted by the return to fitness of Jerome Kaino, George Moala and Waisake Naholo.

Hansen hinted that all three could start against the Springboks in their final Rugby Championship match of the season.

Kaino has recovered from a shoulder injury and Moala and Naholo will also travel with the team to South Africa after overcoming a knee and hamstring injury respectively.

"Some people put their hands up but it's that time of year where we've got to be brave and trust the people we've selected so there'll probably be some more changes next week," Hansen said.

"JK (Kaino) is available so he could come back in. We'll look at some of the performances tonight but Waisake is another one he's back fit and George (Moala) is back."

The All Blacks won their 16th Test win in a row with the victory over Argentina and a victory over South Africa would match the world champions' top tier record for consecutive wins.

That record is currently held by the 1965-69 and 2013-14 All Blacks and 1997-98 Springboks.


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