Graham Henry will be anxious for the Vodacom Super 14 to finish. The competition has already finished off four of his All Blacks from last year’s Grand Slam-winning squad.
Highlanders lock James Ryan is the latest to be injured and expectations are the lock find of 2005 will be out for the rest of the season because of a shoulder injury.
Henry has already lost the services of utility back Nick Evans, centre Conrad Smith and flanker Angus Macdonald.
Ryan’s injury is a big blow to the All Blacks as he was a serious challenger to the place of out of sorts Blues lock Ali Williams.
Henry’s best three locks now are Chris Jack, Jason Eaton and Williams, with SA-born Greg Rawlinson only available at the end of the season.