Sonny Bill Williams' All Blacks availability saga continues to drag on.
The midfielder continues to seek clearance from Japanese club Panasonic to play for the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship.
It was thought it'd be sorted this week but now the club wants him to undergo medical examinations before he can play.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is unfazed by it dragging on, even though Williams has been absent from team training today.
He says they've got a good idea of where they're heading but if they have to change it because of injury or unavailability that won't be a problem.
The All Blacks are playing Counties and Auckland in an exhibition match in Pukekohe tonight.
Thirteen of the Auckland Rugby team have super rugby experience including, Daniel Braid, Steven Luatua, Alby Mathewson and Gareth Anscombe.
- Newstalk ZB/Rhema News