Steve Hansen and the All Blacks are busy plotting for the third and deciding Test in their series against the Lions, as every rugby fan on the planet awaits what promises to be an electric affair in Eden Park next Saturday.
The World Cup champions were shocked in Wellington yesterday, as Warren Gatland’s tourists edged out a 24-21 victory after Sonny Bill Williams was red-carded for a dangerous challenge on Anthony Watson.
The centre has been suspended for four weeks, which means he will not be in contention for the third Test.
Hansen has not wasted any time with his preparations for the final game, and has called up a replacement to the squad.
Highlanders centre Malakai Fekitoa has joined the squad.
UPDATE: Midfielder Malakai Fekitoa has been called into the All Blacks squad ahead of the third DHL New Zealand Lions Series Test #NZLvBIL
— All Blacks (@AllBlacks) July 2, 2017
Hansen has a wealth of talent at his disposal, and it remains to be seen how he may shape his back line, but he is not short on options.
Warren Gatland is likely to stick with the 10/12 axis of Jonathan Sexton and Owen Farrell, so Hansen must plan accordingly when selecting his midfield.
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