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AGE: 23 HEIGHT: 1.87M // WEIGHT: 96KG CAPS: 18 // PO­SI­TION: MID­FIELD DE­BUT: 2016 There have been few more sur­pris­ing pack­ages than An­ton Lienert-Brown in the last five years. The young­ster went from un­known to All Blacks reg­u­lar in 2016, and has ce­mented him­self in the All Blacks’ match day 23 be­cause he pos­sesses a vast range of skills and a su­per calm tem­per­a­ment.

Equally com­fort­able at 12 or 13, the All Blacks have a view that at some stage in ev­ery test, they need him on the field.

They pre­fer in­ject­ing him later be­cause they feel he is the mas­ter at ex­ploit­ing a tired de­fence.

He makes such good de­ci­sions on the ball, tak­ing his time to pick his play. He’s also one of the best o oad­ers in the team, a gen­uinely cre­ative passer and it is that skill which tends to hurt fa­tigued teams.

By 2020 he could be a world class cen­tre.

CLASS ACT An­ton Lienert-Brown has a rare eye for space.

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