The All Blacks flew out for Chicago today once again one short of their full muster, though this time the absence was fully approved by team management.

Faumuina’s wife Rachelle is heavily pregnant, and he’s also been involved in a reported road rage confrontation…

All Black Prop Charlie Faumuina was allowed to delay his flight to the USA for 1 dayVia stuff.co.nz The All Black Prop Charlie Faumuina was allowed to delay his flight to the US by a day for what coach Steve Hansen called “personal” reasons.He will still arrive in time to be considered for selection for the test against the USA at Soldier Field next Sunday (NZT).

Faumuina’s wife Rachelle is heavily pregnant, and has also been involved in a reported road rage confrontation which police are investigating. The All Blacks dispute some of the facts in a Sunday Star-Times story on the incident and coach Steve Hansen was not prepared to discuss the reasons for Faumuina’s delayed departure.

“Charlie is having to stay behind for personal reasons for a day, then he’ll come tomorrow,” Hansen said.

Asked if it was to do with the reported driving incident, Hansen replied: “It’s personal – we’ll leave it at that.”

The last time the world champions flew out of Auckland a player short was when Aaron Cruden missed the flight to Argentina. He was subsequently sanctioned for his absence.

The All Blacks coach today pledged that his team would be taking the first of four straight tests to conclude their year extremely seriously, despite the distractions likely to be in play in Chicago.

“That’s a given – we’ve got to focus on the rugby,” Hansen said. “That’s the reason we’re going there. It’s exciting to take the game of rugby to America and there will be a lot made about the All Blacks going there.    Read More>