All Black forward struggling with injury ahead of Australia clash
Owen Franks is the only prospective injury concern for the All Blacks ahead of their build-up for the opening Investec Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia next week.
When announcing the squad for the series, coach Steve Hansen said the -cap props’ Achilles tendon was an on-going issue.
Although it had been nursed through the British & Irish Lions campaign, they would consider their options when he returned to the squad after returning from South Africa with the Crusaders.
He suggested they may need an immediate short-term option and then a longer term approach in order to keep him fit for the 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign.
Hansen added that if it wasn’t coming right he may need a break but if it was they could continue to use him.