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RWC: Question Marks Over All Black Squad Selection

RWC: Question Marks Over All Black Squad Selection

The All Blacks selection panel announced their lineup for the upcoming Quarter-Final against Ireland. Without any significant selections or omissions. Ian Foster’s lineup is similar to the team that went up against France in the opening fixture. However, there are still a few question marks that need addressing which I feel could be significant in the grand scheme of things.

Prolific winger Mark Te Lea has been ruled out of the tie due to disciplinary issues. Ian Foster refused to give details as to the reason why he has been ruled out. Which leaves a big question mark as to what he could possibly have done. Following his man-of-the-match performance vs France it looks like a huge loss for the All Blacks out wide. However, Leicester Fainganuku’s inclusion looks like an adequate substitute.

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The issue around captaincy remains an issue for the All Blacks as their skipper’s inclusion may also prove to be their downfall. Sam Cane is not the best open-side flanker but selectors have opted to include him. It will be interesting to see if he finishes the game before they introduce in-form Blues skipper Dalton Papali’i.

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Versatile playmaker Damien Mckenzie finds himself on the bench to provide zest off the bench. However, Cam Roigard’s exclusion from the bench has left many wondering what the youngster needs to do to make the squad. After two powerful performances in the group stages.

Besides that New Zealand looks a scary proposition if they manage to click into play like the All Blacks of old. If they sort out their disciplinary issues at the breakdown. And the referee allows the game to flow then it’s all to play for, for Ian Foster’s men. Ireland are the clear favorites. But, how many times have we seen the number 1 ranked team bowing out early in past World Cups?

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