ANDREW HORE expects All Blacks team-mate Wyatt Crockett to be the major winner of rules allowing an extra front-rower to be played.
The Crusaders prop hasn’t been seen in the black jumper since the second Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park, but Crockett should be in line for his eighth test cap against Scotland on Sunday.
“It’s pretty exciting. Wyatt Crockett’s pretty pumped about it,” Hore told Fairfax NZ. “He’s been the extra prop for a while so he’s going to get out there. He’s got all the chance. He’ll either be on the bench or on the park.”
Hore hoped the scurge of uncontested scrums would be avoided against the Scots.
“Hopefully we don’t have a debacle like Australia and South Africa had where they to go to golden oldies and we have two fit players playing. If that rule can help it’ll be pretty good.”
Scrums have been a major focus in training this week, with the forward pack the last to leave the paddock each day.
New hooker Dane Coles, Crockett and Auckland’s Charlie Faumuina are the only All Blacks to have played under the “new” crouch, touch and set commands which will be brought back into test rugby this week.
The pause command has been dropped, which those who missed the NPC this season will not have experienced.
“We’ve done a crash-course on that in the last week on how it goes. Coles and those boys who have played all year have been quite good,” Hore said. “Unfortunately we’ve got no games to get used to it. There has been a few issues with re-set scrums so anything we can do to improve that I’ll be happy to try it out.”