Sean Fitzpatrick says the All Blacks will survive the loss of big players thanks to development driven by Steve Hansen. New Zealand host Wales in a three-Test series starting on Saturday, with a host of familiar faces named in Hansens matchday 23.With the international retirement of Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, and Maa Nonu among others last year, there was a line of thought that the All Blacks would be ripe for the taking in 2016, but the players who have replaced them have a wealth of international experience already. New Zealand certainly have plenty of skill at their disposal, but former All Black Fitzpatrick says its the management of the players development that has been key as they build on back-to-back World Cup titles, as he singled out coach Hansen for praise.Its amazing how quickly New Zealand move on, said Fitzpatrick. The likes of Aaron Cruden, Malakai Fekitoa, Sam Cane and Kieran Read as captain all come into the fold and they bring with them new skills as well as Test experience.The fact that they have had some exposure at the top level already is a reflection on the work that Steve Hansen and his coaching staff have done to develop this team. Once again you have to give credit to Hansen, who identified his capabilities a number of years ago and gave him senior leadership roles within the squad. Sean Fitzpatrick on Kieran Read With the exception of Seta Tamanivalu, most of those players have been in or around the All Black team for some time.It is a team of form players who look like they will kick on quite comfortably from the World Cup.McCaw was not just one of the best flankers in world rugby when he retired, but also arguably one of the greatest captains of the game.Though Read will not have that experience to lean on this weekend, Fitzpatrick does not think the No 8 will have to adapt to the role as captain of the best side in the world.I think he will want to put his stamp on the leadership, but he doesnt need to do much more than hes doing.Hes had nine games as captain already but now hes the big boss. He hasnt got Richie there, which may be a good thing for him, maybe he can grow even more. Warren Gatland talks about the challenge Wales face going up against the All Blacks on their Summer Tour Hes a good person and a good leader of men, and hes the nest No 8 in the world at the moment. You couldnt ask for much more!Once again you have to give credit to Hansen, who identified his capabilities a number of years ago and gave him senior leadership roles within the squad.The former All Black hooker says the world champions will not be caught cold in their first outing of the season, as has been known to happen in the past. Kieran Read starts his tenure as full-time All Black captain against Wales Traditionally New Zealand have been slow starters, but I cant see that happening this time.I think Wales will have a proper crack at the All Blacks, theyve said as much themselves, but its easier said than done.New Zealand clash with Warren Gatlands men at Eden Park this Saturday, and the 92-Test veteran is looking forward to the tussle up front.The interesting battle for me will be watching Samson Lee up against Joe Moody. Moody was one of the big movers for me at the end of last year.He came into the World Cup in 2015 after not paying for a few weeks and he performed brilliantly off the bench against France in the quarter-final, then started in the semi-final against the Springboks and the final against the Wallabies. Alun Wyn Jones reaches 100 caps for Wales on Saturday, and he tells us about what drives him on the field Though victory will be the number one priority for those in black this weekend, the Sky Sports pundit says there are some players who need to shine through individual performance in Auckland to stake their claim for the jersey.Cruden has played pretty well in Super Rugby, but his kicking success rate is 52% so hes got something to prove in that department.Cane will have to play well because theyre looking pretty hard at Ardie Savea. Given enough time on the field he could impress.Naholo didnt quite have the expected impact at the World Cup so he will be looking to show what he has to offer.Its an exciting Test match and I cant wait to see what they produce. Also See: Cruden gets All Black nod Wales change five for NZ WATCH: Wales whos who Follow @SkySportsRugby Bob Gassoff Jersey . 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Robert Bortuzzo Jersey .C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats said head coach Steve Clifford underwent a successful procedure Friday to have two stents placed in his heart.ATLANTA -- Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry took an indefinite leave of absence Friday, making the move under fire for his racially charged comments about a player. Hawks CEO Steve Koonin has resisted calls for Ferry to be dismissed, but said the 47-year-old GM asked for the leave. My hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing, Koonin said in a statement. Ferry issued his own statement, saying he plans to undergo sensitivity training and meet with local leaders. He gave no indication that he plans to step down. My focus moving forward is to tirelessly work to rebuild trust with this community and with our fans, he said. Ferry made an inflammatory assessment of Luol Deng during a conference call with the Hawks ownership group in June as the team was pursuing the free agent. The GM described Deng as someone who has a little African in him. Hes like a guy who would have a nice store out front and sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back, Ferry said on the call, which was recorded. Deng, who was born in what is now South Sudan, signed with the Miami Heat but didnt know if Ferrys comments until this week. Deng said he was proud of his African roots, while adding he was saddened and disappointed that this way of thinking still exists today. I am even more disturbed that it was shared so freely in a business setting. Koonin said Ferry was disciplined for his comments, but refused to disclose the punishment. Both Ferry and Koonin have said the GM was merely repeating statements made by others in scouting reports on Deng. Former NBA great Magic Johnson is among those who have recommended that Ferry step down. An internal investigation into Ferrys comments uncovered an unrelated email sent two years ago by the teams controlling owner, Bruce Levenson, who theorized that black fans were keeping suburban white fans from attending games. Levenson said he was embarrassed by what he called an ill-advised attempt to improve the teams attendance and that he intends to sale his share of the Hawks. The whole affair has been another embarrassment to the NBA, which only last month forced Donald Sterling into selling the Los Angeles Clippers after he was heard on secretly recorded conversations with his girlfriend asking that she not to bring African-Americans to his games. Steve Ballmer bought the Clippers for a record $2 billion. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who quickly issued a lifetime ban against Sterling, said he supported Levensons decision to sell the Hawks but doesnt think Ferry should lose his job. No words can adequately describe my remorse for the hurt that I have caused many people through the statements I repeated, most importantly Luol Deng, Ferry said in his statement.dddddddddddd While these were not my words, I deeply regret repeating them. Almost all the background information I provided during the lengthy presentation regarding Luol was positive and my personal and professional recommendation during the call was very much in favour of adding Luol to our team, but I never should have uttered those offensive remarks and for that I apologize. Ron Klempner, acting executive director of the NBA Players Association, said the union was pleased to learn that Ferry acknowledges his statements were offensive, has extended a personal apology to Luol Deng and the other Atlanta Hawks players, and that the Hawks organization has determined that discipline of Ferry was warranted. After listening in on the conference call, co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. sent a letter to Levenson recommending that Ferry resign or be fired. That led the team to hire a law firm to investigate the matter, which led to the discovery of Levensons email. Koonin said Ferrys comments were deeply troubling but added that the matter was exasperated by discord among the ownership group, presumably referring to Levenson and Gearon. At the heart of this dispute is an unfortunate disagreement amongst owners, Koonin said. That said, we have taken several steps to address what we can do as an organization to be better and stronger, including working with a diversity consultant to examine us and to train us to ensure something like this never happens again. Koonin said the team plans to hire a chief diversity officer and will consult with community leaders, though a scheduled meeting this week with civil right activists was cancelled by the team. Coach Mike Budenholzer will take over as the head of basketball operations during Ferrys absence, reporting directly to Koonin. The Hawks, who have made the playoffs seven years in a row, have largely assembled their expected roster for this season. Ferry has been credited for his efforts to overhaul the team and build a culture modeled on reigning NBA champion San Antonio, where he worked before joining the Hawks in 2012. Two of his most lauded moves were dumping the big-money contracts of Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams. Now, Ferry is fighting for his future with the team. I realize that my words may ring hollow now and my future actions must speak for me, he said. I will maximize my time during this leave to meet with community leaders and further educate myself and others on the extremely sensitive issues surrounding race, diversity, and inclusion. I will find a way to make a positive difference in this area. There is other important business, as well, The process of selling the team, which is to remain in Atlanta, Koonin said, is already underway. 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