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The All Blacks have, or had, three great locks for their World Cup campaign.
Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock and Scott Barrett are about as good as it can get as a lock squad, although South Africa also has tremendous depth in the position.
Unfortunately for the All Blacks, daylight is fourth in the locking department particularly after Patrick Tuipulotu’s insipid display in Buenos Aires last week.
A position of great strength might now present something of a problem.
We rank the replacements if Brodie Retallick is ruled out of the World Cup.
Brodie Retallick Patrick Tuipulotu
Ball-carrying power is his calling card but despite flashes of potential greatness, the big Blues middle rower never strings together test class performances.
The All Blacks will have been buoyed by loose forward Shannon Frizell’s lineout work against the Springboks.
But their overall lineout security and ability to attack opponents woult not be helped by Tuipulotu’s presence.
Tuipulotu’s potential remains, but he’s a man who can’t find his mojo. His failure to grab his World Cup chance against Argentina is a big concern.
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