Who is our firstchoice All Black?
Iwas sent some fascinating stats this week about Ryan Crotty’s influence on his teams when he is and isn’t playing.
They are not quite at the level of Andrew Johns and the way his Newcastle Knights would fold if he was injured.
But there’s no denying Crotty, as assistant coach Ian Foster said midweek, is no longer the ‘Steady Eddy’ of the All Blacks.
Which led me into a sporting debate about who are our most valuable All Blacks right now.
In 2016, I would’ve said Aaron Smith was top of the pops. Before the Lions tour, Beauden Barrett had assumed that mantle. After listening to a number of coaches and former All Blacks, I’m wavering. So here’s my list now: