Cape Town - Nehe Milner-Skudder will skip the bright lights of Sydney for Palmerston North after missing the All Blacks' trip to Australia.
According to the Newshub website, coach Steve Hansen said they are restricted in the number of players
they can send for their opening Rugby Championship clash with the
Wallabies at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 12:05 SA time.
Milner-Skudder will instead turn out for Manawatu in their opening Mitre
10 Cup fixture against Waikato.
Meanwhile, injured centre Sonny Bill Williams has also missed the
trip, but hooker Dane Coles will travel as the medical staff look to get
the injured rake back to full fitness.
"We are only allowed to take 32 out of the 33 man squad to Australia,
so we have Nehe (Milner-Skudder) going back to Manawatu and Sonny (Bill
Williams) has gone home as well," Hansen said before departure.
"We wanted to take Colsey (Dane Coles) because we want to put some training into him from an intensity point of view."
The Springboks will host Argentina in Durban later on Saturday as this year's Rugby Championship gets under way.
Kick-off at Kings Park is at 17:05.