Cruden crocked

The All Blacks will be without their top three flyhalf options against Australia in Wellington.

Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden and Buedan Barrett are all injured.

Lock Luke Romano has also been ruled out of the Rugby Championship because of injury.

Colin Slade and Tom Taylor will compete for the No 10 jersey.

Slade last played for the All Blacks in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and Taylor is uncapped.

Cruden was among the stand out players in the All Blacks 47-29 win against the Wallabies in Sydney.

All Blacks coach Ian Foster still had time for a bit of humour when he said the All Blacks management would not be calling on World Cup hero Stephen Donald, who famously was drafted into the World Cup play-offs while out whitebaiting.

Donald, whose penalty proved the difference in the All Blacks World Cup final win against France, was considered fifth choice for New Zealand and only moved one up the pecking order when Luke McAllister moved to France shortly before the World Cup.

Carter, Slade and Cruden all were crocked at the World Cup before the final whistle was blown.