Cape Town - All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen knows what is
expected from his side against any opposition and hinted at future squad
rotation during the Rugby Championship.
Hansen was addressing the media in New Plymouth on Monday ahead of Saturday's Test against Argentina.
He also said the world champions' management needed to think
carefully about team selections and that players need to be protected
and rested. He added that changes won't be experimental and that anyone
in an All Blacks jersey is a good player.
"It doesn't matter who plays, the expectation is that we
play well. That won't change," he told the All Blacks' official website.
Hansen admitted they still felt pressure to prepare
correctly from Sundays to Fridays. He also said that they must not
become complacent or too comfortable with their success so far. This was
something the Wallabies reminded them of in the second half of the
first Test and in their narrow 35-29 victory in the second Bledisloe Cup
encounter in Dunedin.
He added that Nehe Milner-Skudder was fit and keen for
game-time and that he expects a tough challenge against the Springboks
in Auckland on September 16.
"South Africa, I think, have been really good this year," said Hansen.
Hansen said the Argentina are in the midst of trying to
change who they are and how they operate. They had always been strong up
front, and that was something they reverted to under pressure, but they
had also been attempting to develop their running game at both Super
Rugby and Test level.
"They're in the middle stages of trying to change who they are and how they operate," he added.