Any coach contemplating applying for the All Blacks job later this year, will now be wondering whether 2020 sits as a year of opportunity or a hospital pass with the potential to seriously damage a tenure beyond repair.

Brodie Retallick will not be available at any stage of the test season. Sam Whitelock is going to be available but via a circuitous route of having played in Japan rather than in Super Rugby and the expectation is that Beauden Barrett will not be involved in Super Rugby due to a sabbatical and may not be available for all or indeed