Cold sweats and feverish selection debates continue across the country but little changes in World Cup year for Steve Hansen.

For now, time is still on his side.

The loss of Damian McKenzie whipped New Zealand's rugby public into a panicked frenzy – and the on-going search for a standout blindside flanker continues to evoke concern in some quarters.

Publicly at least, despite recent setbacks, Hansen appears as relaxed as ever. He is also clearly keen to remain flexible with both the All Blacks' 31-man World Cup squad, and starting team.


"The big thing we've got to sort out is