The All blacks they will lose three of their great figures for the match for the second date of the Rugby Championship in view of Australia on Perth. Sam Whitelock, Aaron Smith, and Richie Mo’unga will not travel with the squad and will be austere before the Wallabies.
The second row -and captain- and the New Zealand starting media couple will stay in their country as they will be parents and will not be present in the important game of the men in black against Australia.
Ian Foster’s concern goes beyond what will happen in Perth. Whitelock, Smith and Mo’unga run serious risks of not being able to play the game against Los Pumas on September 12 on the Gold Coast either.
Such absences could happen as the state of Queensland, where the rest of the Rugby Championship will take place, requires a strict quarantine.
The other player who is in doubt of traveling to Perth is the great second line Scott Barrett, for the same reason as the other three mentioned.
The All Blacks are in the middle of a puzzle for the remainder of the Rugby Championship. Ian Foster confirmed the absence of the three figures and it remains to be known when they will be able to travel and be available with the squad.
August 14: New Zealand 57-22 Australia (Eden Park, Auckland).
August 14: South Africa 32-12 Argentina (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth).
August 21: Argentina 29-10 South Africa (Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth).
Date to be confirmed: Australia vs New Zealand (Optus Stadium, Perth).
September 12: New Zealand vs Argentina (CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast).
September 12: South Africa vs Australia (CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast).
September 18: Argentina vs New Zealand (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane).
September 18: Australia vs South Africa (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane).
September 25: New Zealand vs South Africa (QLD Country Bank Stadium, Townsville).
September 25: Australia vs Argentina (QLD Country Bank Stadium, Townsville).
October 2: South Africa vs New Zealand (CBUS Stadium, Gold Coast).
October 2: Argentina v Australia (CBUS Stadium, Gold Coast).