Ma’a Nonu has been named in the All Blacks squad for Saturday’s Rugby Championship decider against the Wallabies, but the powerhouse centre remains in doubt for the clash in Sydney.
The All Blacks announced a 41-man squad on Sunday ahead of the match at ANZ Stadium, which is also the first of two Bledisloe Cup Tests.
Nonu suffered a shoulder injury in last weekend’s win over South Africa and while scans have cleared him of anything serious, he is badly bruised.
Sonny Bill Williams is in the frame to come in for Nonu along with Malakai Fekitoa.
“We’re not going to risk him if he’s not right,” Hansen said.
“There’s a big season ahead, and we’ve got plenty of cover there so we’ll see how it goes.”
All Blacks: Dane Coles, Hikawera Elliot, Keven Mealamu, Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Ben Franks, Owen Franks, Nepo Laulala, Joe Moody, Tony Woodcock, James Broadhurst, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Jerome Kaino, Richie McCaw (captain), Liam Messam, Kieran Read, Matt Todd, Victor Vito, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, TJ Perenara, Aaron Smith, Beauden Barrett, Daniel Carter, Colin Slade, Lima Sopoaga, Ryan Crotty, Malakai Fekitoa, Ma’a Nonu, Conrad Smith, Sonny Bill Williams, Israel Dagg, Nehe Milner-Skudder, Patrick Osborne, Charles Piutau, Julian Savea, Ben Smith.