The All Blacks are out to make history this weekend, by equalling the world record for most Test wins in a row.
There has been some talk about the All Blacks fielding a weakened team against South Africa in Durban on Saturday after making wholesale changes to their match-day squad for last weekend’s win over Argentina. (kickoff 5.05pm)
But their stars want to hear none of it.
Vice-captain Ben Smith, who has played every single Test for the All Blacks this year, is one of the players who can’t think of missing the game against their rivals.
A win for the All Blacks will see them match the world record for the most consecutive Test match wins by a Tier One nation – 17.
And Smith wants to be part of it.
He tells a radio station in New
Zealand: “I’m feeling good and the body is all in one piece. I hope I play, but that’s not up to me, that’s up to the coaches.
“We know how big the challenge is to play in Argentina and then South Africa, and I think that’s what excites the team.”