All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says those who overcome their Super Rugby final emotions will impress him ore than who wins the showpiece.
Players involved in Saturday's Super Rugby final hoping to make New Zealand's Rugby World Cup squad will not boost their chances by winning the Westpac Stadium showpiece, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has said.
No fewer than 17 of the 41 players selected for the All Blacks pre-tournament squad could be on show as Hurricanes and Highlanders clash in Wellington.
However, Hansen will pay more attention to any players' reaction to the final when they report for international duty to face Samoa next week before the Rugby Championship kicks off later this month.
"I think it is going to be massive either way," Hansen said.
"There are going to be some guys who are really, really up and excited [after the final]. And then there are going to be some guys who are on a bit of a downer because they poured their hearts out and got so close.
"It is about dealing with both because you have to get to those guys who are really high and get their feet back on the ground and the other group, you have got to be able to pick them up and get them back into position where they are looking at the next opportunity.
"It is not that difficult, really, because the All Blacks are such a special place.
"You have got the right to be disappointed for a few days and the right to be overjoyed for a few days but then the guys have to put a full stop in there.
"How well they do that will dictate how many are going to be involved against Argentina."