All Blacks captain Richie McCaw could be in line for a well-earned break from rugby in order to guarantee his fitness for the 2015 World Cup in England.
The 31-year-old, who when signing a new deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union, had a built-in sabbatical similar to that of fly-half Dan Carter.
However the openside flank has maintained that a stint overseas does not tempt him, with coach Steve Hansen unsure of whether he would take it.
"If we want to get him through to the next World Cup, then it would be a good idea if he uses it at some point," he told AllBlacks.com.
"But nothing has been finalised that I'm aware of at this point."
McCaw missed the early part of the last two Super Rugby tournaments, most recently due to a foot injury, but has had a fine Rugby Championship.
"At the end of the day, Richie is a smart enough man to know what his body needs," continued Hansen, who insists that McCaw will make the right call.