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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.