All Blacks get big guns back for Trans-Tasman trip
INJURY UPDATE: New Zealand will get some serious muscle back for the next leg of the Bledisloe Cup series.
The All Blacks took a one-nil lead in the four-match series with their 27-7 win over the Wallabies in Auckland at the weekend.
The teams drew 16-all in Wellington a week earlier.
Their next showdown is in Sydney on Saturday, October 31, followed by the finale in Brisbane on November 7.
Veteran lock Sam Whitelock, who missed this past Sunday’s match after sustaining a head knock in the Bledisloe opener, was one of several players set to return.
All Blacks coach Ian Foster said prop Joe Moody and centre Peter Umaga-Jensen were undergoing concussion tests, but were likely to make the trip to Australia.
“There’s no reason now why they wouldn’t be,” he told reporters.
“We’ve got protocols that we’ve got to follow but we certainly hope so.”
The New Zealanders will fly to Australia on Sunday.