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New Zealand, ranked No.1 in the world rugby standings, face Ireland this weekend who are ranked No.2.
NZR confirmed Wellington will host South Africa in a Test on July 27.
Irish media agree their team will need to be at their best on Sunday.
The All Blacks fullback missed eight Tests last season with the extended break.
The star first-five says he has to learn on the go in a Test where kicking is more prominent.
With Hansen's future uncertain after 2019, 1 NEWS NOW's Alex Powell looks at NZ Rugby's options.
The hooker has returned to Test rugby after an injury-ravaged year.
Deadlifts, squats and pulldowns were all on the cards in Ireland.
Steve Hansen's men hit the gym with some sweet tunes in Dublin this morning.
Coles says it was weird facing his long-time friend and former Hurricanes teammate.
Crotty says Williams has already shifted his focus to helping others.
The All Blacks hooker was brutally honest about what he watches at home, and what he will and won't pay extra for.
Ryan Crotty and Dane Coles said there’s plenty of motivation already.
The first- and second-ranked sides will face off in Dublin this weekend.
The All Blacks boss is keeping his cards close to his chest over this weekend's team.
The Kiwi coach is a strong contender to replace Hansen in charge of the All Blacks.
Ryan Crotty's last second try saw the All Blacks deny Ireland a first ever win over New Zealand.
Ireland's news outlets says despite rusty performances over the weekend, the All Blacks remain a big threat.
Steve Hansen confirmed the call-up upon the team's arrival in Dublin for this weekend's Test against Ireland.
The tactic is designed to take away the awe of the All Black name.
Barrett nailed a crucial three-pointer in his side's 16-15 win.
The outspoken England coach held his hands up after his side's 16-15 loss.
McKenzie scored the All Blacks' only try in their 16-15 win.
Win provides perfect tune-up with the men in black looming.
The All Blacks captain shared a 'bro shake' with the royal after the Test.
Latest setback surely adds further doubts about star's durability in his 15th season as a professional.
Courtney Lawes was "just about in the halfback's back pocket," according to All Blacks coach.
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Today marks the second anniversary of the quakes, which left a major mark on the upper South Island.
“If the Pike River Mine can be re-entered, it must be.”
The mulched seedlings were meant to go to the Government's One Billion Trees scheme.
The store is close to Queentown's waterfront on Marine Parade - a hive for visitors and tourists.
"Given the Irish attitude to life, I think we're going to be a pretty good fit," Winston Peters said.