The All Blacks have named a strong line up to face Manu Samoa but are still keeping tabs on the Lions.
The trio could be in line to start a Test match together when the All Blacks take on Samoa on Friday.
1 NEWS understands Parker will work solely with Higgins after DUCO's split.
Gatland's Lions play the Blues next Wednesday but his son Bryn will turn out for the Auckland side.
The British and Irish squad will touch down in Auckland today. You can watch a live stream on 1 NEWS Now.
The Hurricanes didn't risk playing Barrett against the Bulls after he complained of a sore head prior to the game, and Savea was knocked out during the match.
Parker was unhappy with background issues leading up to his fight with Razvan Cojanu.
New Zealand will face familiar foes, South Africa for the first time in pool play since the Rugby World Cup's inception.
1 NEWS understands the Lions will head from Wellington to Queenstown the day after the second Test, for four days.
The Kiwi heavyweight’s first WBO title defence has been moved as Razvan Cojanu replaces Hughie Fury.
Lucas Browne has called out the Kiwi heavyweight champ after his May 6 title fight with Hughie Fury was called off.
General manager Neil Sorenson says better communication between parties could have seen a smoother result.
It'll be the second-five eighth's first game of 15s since the 2015 Rugby World Cup final against Australia.
Steve Tew says they were in discussions with the English Union for the highly-anticipated match up but the extra Test won't go ahead.
A source out of South Africa has told 1 NEWS two teams from South Africa and one from Australia will be axed from next year's competition, with a decision on which teams by May.
Josh Kronfeld, Tana Umaga and Justin Marshall were just some of those to recognise the passing of one of their greatest adversaries.