The All Blacks are optimistic they could be home early from the Rugby Championship, thanks to Australia's relaxing of border protocols.
The announcement that arrivals into New South Wales won't need to quarantine from next weekend means coach Ian Foster thinks there's a chance they could start early and avoid a December 12 finish
"Yesterday we assumed that was going to be starting early November, and since then the quarantine laws in Australia mean there's probably no reason we can't start on the 31st of October and get stuck into it."
He says that would mean they could then wrap up on December 5th rather than 12th.
"There's kind of no reason why we can't get stuck into starting next Sunday and play eight tests in nine weeks, and that's what we've always been factoring in."
It will be Foster's first test week as All Blacks coach, and he isn't going to let boardroom mess dampen that.
The week has been dominated by squabbles with their South Africa and Australian counterparts, along with SANZAAR.
Foster says he's looking forward to going through the process of selecting his side for next Sunday's opening Bledisloe Cup test.
"We've been really keen not to narrow down our mindset too early, as we've picked a number of new guys."