Nine All Blacks released to provinces

Colin Cowherd knows exactly how No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 12 Syracuse will end on Saturday

The All Blacks have released nine players from their squad to play for the provinces this week.

Aukland loose forward Akira Ioane will be free to feature against Waikato in Cup action on Wednesday.

Bay of Plenty hooker Nathan Harris may get a run on against a Wellington side who may field forwards Vaea Fifita and Jeffery Toomaga-Allen on Thursday. 

Centre Ngani Laumape and utility back Nehe Milner-Skudder could vastly improve Manawatu for Saturday's clash with Otago in Dunedin.

Taranaki winger Waisake Naholo could prove a serious problem for Counties Manukau defenders if he plays on Saturday.

Scrum-half Tawera Kerr-Barlow and utility back David Havili were All Blacks squad members but may now line-up against each other for Waikato and Tasman respectively on Sunday.