New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen to miss Bledisloe Cup build up due to personal reasons
Last Updated: October 15, 2012 5:59am
Steve Hansen: Remains at bedside of his seriously ill father
Assistant coach Ian Foster insists New Zealand's preparations for Saturday's clash with Australia would not be affected by the absence of Steve Hansen.
All Blacks head coach Hansen will be spending the majority of his time at bedside of his seriously ill father in Christchurch.
"The best thing we can do for him right now is to give him time with his family and do a very good job of preparing for what is going to be a really exciting Test match," said Foster.
"We will just carry on as normal. We've got good structures and good people in the team and we're trucking along."
The All Blacks will be hoping to extend their winning run to 17 Tests when they face the Wallabies in Brisbane.
And Foster added: "The beauty about this team is that we get into really good routines as to how we prepare and we know if we prepare well from Sunday to Monday it gives us a great opportunity to play well on Saturday night.
"Things will happen if we do the process well."