Brodie Retallick Steve Hansen weighs options as All Blacks hit a tight spot with lock resources

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Despite injuries and the team’s form, the All Blacks coach says they still have plans A, B, C and D.

The All Blacks have a long list of issues heading towards Bledisloe II in Auckland, with a second-row personnel pickle surely up somewhere near the top.

The New Zealanders could be without two of their leading three locks right up to the World Cup kickoff, or even beyond after events of the last few weeks. And that is set to leave coach Steve Hansen plunging deep into his second-row depth chart as the lead-in to the global tournament continues.

Scott Barrett’s red card in Saturday night’s 47-26 record Bledisloe Cup defeat to the Wallabies in Perth looks certain to leave Hansen with limited lock options heading into the rematch at Eden Park on Saturday night. The Crusaders lock’s offence goes before the Sanzaar foul play review committee on Sunday night (7pm NZT), with the hearing expediting the judicial process providing the player does not contest the charge.

With Barrett highly likely to receive a suspension of some sort – he could be ruled out for up to six weeks, depending on how gravely his offence is viewed – that leaves the All Blacks with just two fit senior locks for an Eden Park clash they have to win to retain the Bledisloe Cup they’ve held since 2003.

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The world champions are already down talismanic second-rower Brodie Retallick after he suffered a dislocated should

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