There is a chance Naholo could return for the latter stages of the tournament this autumn if another player is injured, but it appears highly unlikely he will feature for the All Blacks in the World Cup.

Captain Richie McCaw, on what is set to be his last appearance on his home ground, scored the opener before Ma’a Nonu, Charles Piutau and Kieran Read went over in quick succession either side of half-time.

Carter started New Zealand’s opening test of the campaign against Argentina on Friday and contributed 14 points as the world champions claimed a comfortable 39-18 victory in Christchurch.

The New Zealand media also applauded the performance with the New Zealand Herald saying the All Blacks had transformed themselves “from dithering to devastating”.

Hansen said he had been pleased with Naholo’s test debut.

New Zealand’s ability to keep the ball alive and to offload in tackles – especially through Sonny Bill Williams in midfield – made the trio of tries around half-time seem inevitable.

The Pumas, who claimed their maiden Rugby Championship win in their final game of last season’s competition, got their first try in the 55th minute when Creevy crashed over after a lineout, and the hooker repeated the feat soon after with a copycat score.

“We are all a bit shocked about it because he was weight-bearing on it and pretty good”, Hansen said. “There was a patch there in the second half where, if anything, our discipline let us down and they scored a couple of tries on the back end of that”.

The second Test of the All Blacks limited five-Test programme before the squad is slashed from 41 to 31 for the World Cup was played in fine but bitterly cold conditions with the temperature hovering around freezing point.

In 2011 Fiji-born Naholo was selected New Zealand under-20 side for the Junior World Championship, and the following year picked in the All Blacks Sevens squad.

Carter said that after the full-time whistle against Argentina, the All Blacks immediately began talking about the need for “a huge step up” in skill level for the Springboks Test. “We are not happy with what we have shown today”.

“They were pretty soft tries and if we were under any illusions about what South Africa are going to do… we know that they will scrum for some penalties, they will kick for lineouts and they will drive”, he said.