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All Blacks Wild Card


Most of Leon MacDonald’s gold nuggets have revealed themselves recently; think Caleb Clarke, Mark Telea and Hoskins Sotutu. But keep an eye out for Jacob Ratumaitav­uki-Kneepkens, the Taranaki 19-year-old who scored two tries against Canterbury to claim the Ranfurly Shield in Christchur­ch last year.

Ratumaitav­uki-Kneepkens, a right wing, is a contracted New Zealand sevens player who seemed set to join NRL side the Parramatta Eels in 2017 only to have a change of heart. He’s still young, but Ratumaitav­uki-Kneepkens may be on the All Blacks radar in a year or two. Finlay Christie may interest Ian Foster a little earlier.

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