But Gatland, who played 17 non-international matches for the All Blacks, reckons they are still a force to be reckoned with.
“You could describe it as being pretty arrogant if I talk about weakness in an All Blacks team,” he said. “Sometimes there are young, exciting, talented players coming through who are a little bit inexperienced.
“What you might say is weakness is players potentially on their way up, not as experienced as some other players who left.
“There is definitely real quality there. There isn’t going to be weakness, there is going to be players who haven’t had the same time together in the same combinations.