Rugby World Cup
Nehe Milner-Skudder expected to be fully fit for Rugby World Cup final
October 25, 2015
South Africa 18-20 New Zealand (Australia only)

The All Blacks look like they'll take a fully fit team into the Rugby World Cup final.

Coach Steve Hansen played down any injury concern surrounding Nehe Milner-Skudder, who was replaced in the 50th minute of the 20-18 semi-final win over South Africa at Twickenham.

The right winger fell awkwardly and appeared to injure his leg when he tripped in a collision with opposite Bryan Habana as the pair chased a kick. However, Hansen said the substitution was a tactical one, with Beauden Barrett injected at fullback and Ben Smith shifted to the wing.

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Hansen: We showed great composure

"Nehe is OK. We just didn't want to risk leaving a guy out there who was probably not 100 [per cent], but he's fine," Hansen said. "Bringing Beauden [Barrett] on is something we do regularly anyway, it gives us the opportunity to have two guys driving the team at first receiver. We expect to have everyone available next week."

There were no other apparent injury concerns, leaving the only question mark surrounding whether prop Wyatt Crockett can recover from a groin injury to contest the decider at Twickenham on Saturday. Crockett was replaced for the semi-final by Joe Moody in a dramatic promotion for the Canterbury loosehead, who wasn't initially selected for the tournament.


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