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All Blacks Wild Card


Having already highlighte­d the claims for Josh Dickson above, his locking partner Pari Pari Parkinson gets to take the spotlight here. Last year, a plethora of injuries saw the All Blacks have to dig deep into their lock stocks unfortunat­ely for Parkinson, he was one of those injured. Over the past few seasons, Parkinson has looked like a player on track to take that next step. He's good at set pieces, active at the breakdown, and can be a hard man to bring down with ball in hand - particular­ly with the try line in sight. There's good competitio­n for lock spots in the Highlander­s this year, so that could provide the push he needs to lift his game to the next level.

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