Richie McCaw and Dan Carter have missed out on starting the next leg of the round-the-world yacht race with Team New Zealand because of All Blacks commitments.
Team New Zealand planned to have the rugby superstars on board their yacht Camper as "jump-offs" when the six-boat fleet in the Volvo Ocean Race sails out of Auckland at 2pm on Sunday bound for Itajai in Brazil.
Instead, they will be attending a senior players planning meeting with new All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.
The yachts are allowed up to three "jump-offs". They are usually celebrities who are on board for the buildup and leap from the boat just before the race starts and are collected by the inflatable chase boats from the shore crew.
Camper used Chinese Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Yang Wei for the start of the last leg in Sanya. Wei made an Olympic-standard dismount while Camper was sailing at 12 knots.
Other personalities who have been involved on boats at some of the other starts include extreme surfer Laird Hamilton, England cricketers Alastair Cook and Graeme Swann, and French football star Zinedine Zidane whose backflip from a boat remains a race highlight.
Conditions for the Auckland restart are forecast to be northeasterlies gusting more than 30 knots.