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Vito may be only All Blacks' change

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Sportal.co.nz     12 Jun 2012     Getty Images

The All Blacks arrived in Christchurch on Sunday night after their 42-10 first Steinlager Series Test win and held their first media session in the Garden City on Monday afternoon. Foster said a decision on Vito's availability would be made later and he scotched a rumour that No.8 Kieran Read was suffering from concussion.

Asked about possible changes, Foster said that head coach Steve Hansen had earlier stated that the goal was to win the series against Ireland.

"That's primarily what we want to do and right now we're just focusing on preparing well and to get into some really good habits.

"Changes are possible but we want to go out and build combinations and keep learning from last week. Putting the scoreboard to one side, we can get better but that doesn't always equate to more points."

Foster acknowledged that the All Blacks were messy in patches in the first Test and were not as clinical as they could have been.

"We left a few opportunities on the park maybe through a little lack of understanding of a few things, but we will tweak them this week.

"Our set piece and ability to get over the gain line went well, although after a couple of phases we probably lacked a bit of structure. Now we've got to get better organised and take advantage of situations especially at broken play."

Foster said Ireland had been very good at the breakdown and that was on the list of work-ons this week.

Early weather forecasts predict a cold, wet weekend in Christchurch which could hinder running rugby and lead to kick-and-chase tactics, but Foster said that the All Blacks had not looked that far ahead and would revise plans should conditions dictate.

"We know Ireland will come out firing. If it is wet it is going to turn it into a tighter game, but nothing changes. It is all about attitude and commitment in those conditions."

Although Foster was in the All Blacks' coaches box for the first time in Auckland last Saturday, he said the nerves never kicked in.

"Actually I felt surprisingly calm. I was expecting to be nervous as it is an exciting time, but I think you get really nervous as a coach if you feel your preparation is perhaps not quite as good as it should be.

"We went into that week with very limited expectations. We didn't try and do too much and when you can see it happening on the park it was very pleasing. The fact that the guys drove that themselves was a real credit to them."