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Ma'a Nonu in doubt for Rugby Championship clash

Ma'a Nonu could miss this week's Rugby Championship clash

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Article Published: Monday 18 August 2014|

All Black centre Ma'a Nonu is in doubt for the All Blacks Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup match against Australia's Wallabies in Auckland this saturday.

The All Blacks returned to New Zealand facing harsh criticism after they failed to break the record of more than 17 consecutive Test victories and drew 12 all with Australia in Sydney.

"And in truth, they should feel they did well to hang on for the draw," wrote the Herald on Sunday's Gregor Paul.

"Australia looked the more likely winner and on balance, played more of the rugby: exerted more of the pressure."

The All Blacks host Australia this weekend in Auckland and coach Steve Hansen may be without centre Nonu who will have a scan on his injured shoulder.

"I'd say we'd be sweating on whether or not he will be right next week," said Hansen

The coach also said that he was waiting for medical reports from captain Richie McCaw and fellow flanker Jerome Kaino.

Kaino will have a scan on his elbow while McCaw suffered a shoulder injury but is likely to play in Auckland.

While Nonu is in doubt his regular Test partner Conrad Smith should be available after he missed Saturday's Test to be with his expectant wife.

Meanwhile New Zealand media were critical of the All Blacks who have only lost one Test in almost three years.

"Hansen admits All Blacks 'gutted' to miss win" said the Stuff website .

"To that they might have added relieved at escaping with a draw they scarcely deserved."

Fairfax Media journalist Mark Hinton said the 12-12 draw was "flattering" to the All Blacks who were "outplayed in the second half by a Wallabies outfit who just weren't good enough to close out a victory that was theirs for the taking."

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