Kaino boost for All Blacks

Jerome Kaino and Waisake Naholo could return to the All Blacks side for this Saturday’s Test against the Springboks in Durban.

Kaino has overcome a shoulder injury and should come straight back into the starting lineup for Ardie Savea, while Naholo is also available, and could be used to add extra physicality to the All Blacks’ back three.

Steven Hansen made several changes to his match 23 for this past weekend’s clash with Argentina, but there’s no doubt that the All Blacks will opt to select their strongest possible lineup for their final Rugby Championship encounter.

‘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,’ Hansen commented. ‘JK [Jerome Kaino] is available, so he could come back in. We'll look at some of the performances, but Waisake is another one who's back fit, and George [Moala] is back.’

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Craig Lewis