All Blacks injury updates: SBW and Crotty 'all clear', Coles 'closer' but mystery still surrounding Retallick

The All Blacks are dealing with mixed news on the injury front as attention turns to Saturday night's Wellington Test against the Springboks, with some key players given the all clear to come back into the fold.

Assistant coach Ian Foster confirmed today multiple players who were overlooked last week are back in contention.

"Sonny [Bill Williams] had his scan yesterday and he's all clear, ready to go, but he was sick this morning so he didn't train but the good news is his scan's all clear.

"He's in contention to play, it's just some bug or something."

Foster said there were other key figures also in contention to play after getting a week off in Nelson.

"Sam Cane is in the mix, Ryan Crotty is the same."

There was also positive signs coming from hooker Dane Coles, who hasn't played rugby since a season-ending knee injury on last year's end-of-year tour.

"Every week he's getting closer and closer so it's exciting and he's starting to believe that now too.

"He's got that glint in his eye and he's asking questions and looking for stuff - it's nice to see."

However, there's still concern around Brodie Retallick, who is likely to miss up to six weeks of rugby due to a shoulder injury.

"Brodie hasn't had his scan yet so I don't know."

Ngani Laumape was another casualty of the 46-24 win, suffering a grade one knee ligament injury and is expected to be out for two to three weeks.

Ian Foster gives the latest news on players’ chances to play this week. Source: 1 NEWS


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