Several All Blacks were fired from provincial service ahead of the Bunnings NPC’s opening round this weekend.
The laid-back striker Hoskins Sotutu will make his Counties-Manukau debut against Manawatu in Palmerston North on Friday night after he Auckland’s loyalty has changed.
Lock Tupou Vaii will join Taranaki ahead of the game against Hawke’s Bay in New Plymouth on Saturday, and TJ Perenara and Asafo Aumua will be able to represent Wellington against Northland in Wellington.
Midfielders / Winger Braydon Ennor, who did not play for the All Blacks in July due to appendicitis, is available for Canterbury, who will face Auckland on Sunday in their opening round match against Auckland.
Other All Blacks may be available for their provinces on Sunday with a decision to be made after the test against the Wallabies in Auckland on Saturday evening.