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Steve Hansen hints at Aaron Smith recall for All Blacks vs. Springboks

Aaron Smith looks set for a return to the All Blacks starting lineup against the Springboks. Mark Nolan/Getty Images

All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen looks set to recall scrum-half Aaron Smith to New Zealand's starting lineup for their Rugby Championship clash with the Springboks next Saturday.

Smith started both of New Zealand's opening victories in the competition against Australia, before TJ Perenara was given the starting role in their win over Argentina. Despite scoring six tries, Hansen wants improvement and feels his side could benefit from a quicker option.

"I think we saw there is a difference between the speed of ball when Aaron's there," Hansen said on Sunday. "He'll come back and I think that makes a difference to how we play."

On next week's opponents he added: "South Africa are playing really well. They seem to be incredibly tight with each other, so they're obviously building something there from a culture point of view and that'll make them more dangerous."