How the All Blacks are struggling

Some sobering analysis from Rugby News in the UK


Hansen’s selection will no doubt come under scrutiny but it remains a formidable-looking side, with an unchanged pack led by Kieran Read. Read wins his 100th cap, becoming the seventh All Black to hit a century after Richie McCaw, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock, Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu and Mils Muliaina.

Savea’s brother, Ardie, makes the bench, meaning there will be two sets of brothers in the match-day squad. Malakai Fekitoa, who was called into the squad this week, has been named in the match-day 23 as midfield cover.

“This final match is going to be a cracker,” said Hansen. “It’s the series we expected it to be, as the Lions have quality players.

“It now comes down to this Saturday – the winner takes all – and that’ll create its own unique pressures and it’s going to be interesting to see how both sides cope with it.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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