Head coach Steve Hansen, assistant coach Ian Foster and selector Grant Fox have revealed a squad with few surprises, the Steinlager Series against England let the back room team confirm what Investec Super Rugby had for the most part revealed as to the playing hierachy in the country.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is unconcerned with the fact two of his best players, captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter, will go into the Investec Rugby Championship having played out of position in their most recent games.
Defending Commonwealth Games champions New Zealand booked their place in the gold medal final after a 19-7 win over Tasman neighbours Australia with Scott Curry scoring two decisive second half tries.
With the fourth and final session to come at the Commonwealth Games Rugby Sevens, the Oceania trio of New Zealand, Australia and Samoa and the Blitzboks of South Africa are the quartet of nations still in medal contention at Ibrox Stadium.
While the Investec Super Rugby Final will give us plenty of insight into the upcoming Bledisloe Cup series, to call it a warm-up is a little bit of an insult, the Crusaders and Waratahs boast over two dozen past or present internationals in what is a marque trans-Tasman clash.