These 5 All Blacks who play very very big during the Rugby Championship

It is the target of (very) many criticisms in New Zealand. For many of them, the 30-year-old flanker does not have the shoulders to be a captain at the All Blacks, he who has never been rewarded since his nomination for the Ian Foster function award in 2020 And if Steve Hansen has come to their defense publicly, not sure that’s enough to dampen the wave of anger that has engulfed the Maori country since the series of Test losses against Ireland last month. But Cane, the dark look and always so valiant, the experience and the know-how to respond present, he who already has more than 80 caps within the mythical team in black. In any case, we wish him to silence the most skeptical and to prove his complementarity with the other 3rd lines (Ioane and Savea), and quickly, because behind the young Dalton Papalii is more ready than ever to take over. You are not the captain of the Auckland Blues at 24 without an extraordinary activity…

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Here is another one who is simply starting to get hot in the buttocks. Despite his 70 caps and reliability with few equals in throwing, the Crusaders hooker is no longer as flawless as he was a few seasons ago. Sometimes lacking in power or juice, which was nevertheless his trademark, the 31-year-old player sees competition from Samisoni Taukeiaho becoming more and more pressing. The overpowered bull of the Chiefs has been rewarding observers with explosive outings since last year and will certainly end up climbing the hierarchy if he becomes more precise on the fundamentals and if the experienced Taylor and Coles continue to have far too neutral a return. It’s up to the “grandpas” to hit the spot on the table, and this from the first try, against South Africa.

Did you know ? We haven’t seen the Blues bomb in the Blacks jersey since October 2020. An eternity! The fault of an experience at 7 (failed) one last then a thigh injury shortly before the end of Super Rugby this year. There, the son of Eroni should find playing time during the Rugby Championship, in the name of his potential and his status. But beware, at the beginning of the summer and in the role of the furious bull, another young colossus (1m88 for 109kg) made a small place for himself on the left wing of the Blacks, in the person of Leicester Fainga’anuku. And if his performances have not really convinced for the moment, the absentees are always wrong and Clarke will not have to rest on his laurels if he wants to make number 11 his property again. Especially since the NZ staff do not seem inclined to field the exceptional Will Jordan at the back and Sevu Reece, in line with his season with the Saders, made major mistakes on the wings in July…

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Unlike the others mentioned above, Beauden Barrett did not have a poor summer tour, and even came out of a simply excellent Super Rugby season. To his credit, it was difficult for him to really shine in July, behind a pack that always backed off against the Irish friends. And if he sometimes floated thanks to the ability to feel the blows and to infiltrate the unique defenses, New Zealand always expects more from its idols, all the more when this one is supposed to be the hero among the heroes. Especially since behind, Richie Mo’unga seemed to find his true level since May and could therefore end up being solicited by Ian Foster and his flock if the start of Rugby Championship is not again the one proposed. Which could again revive the debate of the opening among the Blacks, just over a year from the World Cup…

ALL BLACK.  Commentary Beauden Barrett returned to his best level for his 31 years?ALL BLACK. Commentary Beauden Barrett returned to his best level for his 31 years?

Ian Foster

Finally, he is not a player but he is probably the one who plays the most during the first 3 days of what we used to call “Four-Nations”. Quite simply because the NZRU in person gives the unfortunate impression of not having confidence in Ian Foster to guide the All Blacks, and that it was wrong about his appointment, in 2020. As mentioned above, it is d Elsewhere the former boss of the New Zealand selection Steve Hansen who took the floor to publicly defend his former deputy, with whom the federation like the vox populi are too hard, according to him. Will this be enough to calm the ardor of the federation, which has already fired the deputies Plumtree and Mooar last month? At 20,000 terminals from France, everyone swears in any case that Foster is next on the list of the main New Zealand body.

RUGBY.  Fired coaches?  New captain?  It's starting to move at the All BlacksRUGBY. Fired coaches? New captain? It’s starting to move at the All Blacks

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