10 Big Se­lec­tion Ques­tions

NZ Rugby World - - The Breakdown -

01 How much pres­sure can Jack Good­hue ex­ert on Crotty to be­come the regular cen­tre? And what role will An­ton Lienert-Brown play? im­pact sub off the bench pre­sum­ably.

02 If Franks, Coles and Moody are the start­ing front-row, who is the sec­ondary unit?

Codie Tay­lor is a cer­tainty at hooker but will it be Kane Hames or Wy­att Crock­ett; Ofa Tu’un­gafasi or Nepo Laulala?

03 How are the All Blacks go­ing to use Vaea Fi­fita? He’s clearly a ta­lent but if he doesn’t start, can he be used on the bench?

04 Do the All Blacks need to find a sec­ond No 8? When Kieran Read was in­jured for the last game of 2017, the All Blacks used Sam White­lock. Can they do that again, or will they try to give the likes of Cane and Squire oc­ca­sional game time at No 8 to school them up?

05 What’s go­ing to hap­pen in the back three? Smith and Ioane are cer­tain­ties but what about Is­rael Dagg. Could he slot in on the right wing and have Smith at full­back? Or is Bar­rett too good to leave out? And then there is Waisake Na­holo to con­sider.

06 No one re­ally stuck their hand up to be the third lock last year. Luke Ro­mano, Scott Bar­rett and Pa­trick Tuip­u­lotu all tried with lim­ited suc­cess to im­press. Gut feel says it will be Tuip­u­lotu who stakes the claim.

07 Ob­vi­ously with Lima Sopoaga on his way to Coven­try, the All Blacks need to find an­other No 10 to back-up Bar­rett.

Is Damian McKenzie ready or still too wild?

08 Mitchell Drum­mond ap­pears to be the can­di­date with the in­side run­ning to be­come the third half­back. Which is awk­ward be­cause he doesn’t reg­u­larly start for the Cru­saders. Who else is there though?

09 Will Beau­den ever give up the goal-kick­ing du­ties to younger brother Jordie?

10 What’s go­ing to hap­pen to Ardie Savea? Can he force his way past Matt Todd to re­claim a spot on the bench?

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