All Blacks vice captain Ben Smith is expected to sit out eight tests this year.
The All Blacks are working hard to get suspended Sonny Bill Williams back for the Bledisloe Cup test against Australia in Sydney but much depends on whether Counties Manukau pre-season matches count as part of his suspension.
The blueprint has seemingly been set.
British and Irish Lions hooker Ken Owens has opened up about his controversial 'accidental offside' in the closing stages of the third test draw with the All Blacks.
Draws never leave anyone satisfied. It is neither a loss nor a win.
Comment: Good sides don't blame outside influences, whether the referee or missing players, writes Stephen Hepburn.
All Black coach Steve Hansen is not going to throw referee Romain Poite to the wolves, although he says the law book must be simplified.
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland would have taken a drawn series six weeks ago, although he was far from elated after the 15-15 draw in Auckland on Saturday night.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says the decision to revoke a late penalty in his side's third-test draw with the British and Irish Lions was "overthought".
All Blacks captain Kieran Read said last night's draw with the Lions was "heartwrenching", after a call was changed on a late penalty that would likely have given his team victory.
A decent Hollywood script writer would struggle to come up with a better storyline than this.
There is nothing left to say. Nothing left to deliver to these players.
This is where the best come to the top.
The biggest rugby match in New Zealand since the 2011 World Cup final kicks off in Auckland tonight.
Ben Smith should be back for the Highlanders next week as the fog around his future clears.
It is an old adage — never change a winning team.
What would have been the odds at the start of the year of this All Black backline fronting for the biggest game in many a year?
All Blacks fullback Ben Smith has been cleared of concussion symptoms.
Jordie Barrett and Ngani Laumape have been given their first starts for the All Blacks in the Lions decider. Malakai Fekitoa has been named as a midfield reserve, while Waisake Naholo hasn't been picked.
The touring Lions say the deciding third test against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday will be like a World Cup final.