NZ Rugby World - - The 50 Most Memorable Moments of 2017 -

We have to keep re­mind­ing our­selves this guy is only 20. Se­ri­ously, he’s starred at a Welling­ton Sev­ens, played at the Olympics and be­come a reg­u­lar and hugely in­flu­en­tial All Black be­fore his 21st birth­day to make us wonder what we have been do­ing with our lives.

It wouldn’t be right to say he came of age this year, but he cer­tainly es­tab­lished him­self as a star All Black with a ma­jor pub­lic pro­file.

He started the season by scor­ing a hat­trick in the open­ing Su­per Rugby game and never looked back. All year he scored cru­cial tries which were a re­sult of his pace, power and aware­ness.

When the All Blacks needed some­thing to hap­pen, he made it so. If any­one was daft enough to give him space to run, he would cut them open.

He was more than a fin­isher, though. He was rock solid un­der the high ball, de­fended supremely well – es­pe­cially in his abil­ity to come o the line and wrap up the ball car­rier – and he never stopped work­ing.

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