They've been bolstered by the return of their big guns ahead of their clash with the Waratahs.
The All Black loosie will come off the bench against the Reds in Saturday's Super Rugby showdown.
The Wallaby prop has been stood down for two months after testing positive for cocaine.
The All Blacks hooker won't rush back from a knee injury suffered last November.
The French midfielder faked an assault in Wellington nine years ago.
Portia Woodman and Sarah Goss were among the notables missing out on the 15s list.
The Aussie rugby stars are on opposite sides of the homophobia issue.
The All Blacks fullback fills a midfield vacancy against the Crusaders.
The Super Rugby champions will be down at least six internationals on Friday.
The group of 28 Black Ferns players to be awarded contracts has been named.
Doctors told him to lose weight or else, so he turned back to rugby.
The 23-year-old will remain with the Super Rugby side until 2022.
Coach Jacques Brunel has confirmed his 32-man squad for the series with the All Blacks.
The banter has already begun ahead of Friday's Crusaders vs Hurricanes showdown.
The Highlanders newcomer brings dynamic athleticism to the All Blacks camp.
The legendary All Blacks coach says it's time for Auckland to move on from Eden Park.
Beauden Barrett, for one, is super keen to unleash the changes next month.
These Kiwis playing in the Top 14 would give 'Les Bleus' a run at home, says Reece Labuschagne.
The England-bound forward has moved on from his All Blacks frustrations.