Benji Marshall and Sonny Bill Williams remain in the Kiwis' wider squad for the World Cup, despite doubts over whether either will travel to England and France.
Marshall has confirmed he's playing Super Rugby next year for the Blues and Williams has been linked with a return to the Chiefs.
But Kiwis manager Tony Iro confirmed that both remain in the 38-man wider squad and continue to receive information from the NZRL and Kiwis' management about the cup.
"Nothing has changed in that regard," Iro told Sunday News.
"Unless we hear otherwise, they'll remain as part of our wider group.
"All 38 players in the wider group have received details of the tournament, including schedules, travel dates and when their training camps start."
When eight-test prop Sam McKendry broke his neck playing for the Panthers in April it appeared his World Cup dreams were over. But the 24-year-old prop has made a remarkable recovery, and Iro says he remains in contention.
"We know what he's capable of and with Ivan [Cleary] being involved as his coach [at the Panthers] we've got a good line on where Sam sits in terms of his fitness and how he's shaping up.
"He was always on our list and he's desperate to be on this trip, so I know he'll be doing everything he can to be a part of it."
Iro has just returned from England, where he went over the arrangements for the Kiwis in the cities they'll visit.
"We've had a number of hotel and training facility changes since the start of the year, so it was about ironing all of those out.
"It was really important for us, because most of the teams have got a base where they'll be for four to six weeks, but we're going to be in five cities over that time.
"There was a lot of logistical stuff to sort, but I'm reasonably confident that we've been able to tick most of the boxes.
"Although there are still a few details to be ironed out in each city, I am a lot clearer now on what we can expect when we get over there."
There will be between 11 and 13 support staff with the Kiwis at various times during the cup, and a highlight of the pool stages promises to be their clash against France, in Avignon, on November 1.
"I have had a bit of an e-mail conversation with the organisers there," Iro said. "They've had a really good response to the game and they're reasonably confident it will be sold out, so that's 17,000 seats.
"Talking to the UK people, they're expecting a real passionate crowd for that game."
The 24-man cup squad will be named after the NRL Grand Final, on October 6. The selectors, Stephen Kearney and Cleary, will want to see if any players in contention get injured in that game, but there is also the risk of suspensions, as any bans dished out by the NRL will carry over for the cup.
The last thing the Kiwis want is to have someone like Jared Waerea-Hargreaves slapped with a seven-week ban for a shoulder charge.
"As far as I'm concerned, there's not much you can worry about, whatever happens, happens," Iro said.
"Regardless, I am reasonably confident we'll have a good squad going up there, and we'll just wear whatever we'll have to wear."
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