The All Black first five Dan Carter won't play in next weekend's Rugby Championship clash against the Springboks in Dunedin.
Carter missed Saturday night's 21-5 win over Argentina because of a calf injury and coach Steve Hansen says they've already made the decision to rest him this week.
Hansen says it'll give him proper time off his feet to allow the injury to recover fully.
Hansen says Carter is not in doubt for the rest of the tournament.
The All Blacks top the Rugby Championship standings with three wins.