Brodie Retallick Rugby World Cup: Picking the All Blacks’ locks bound for Japan

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Brodie Retallick Patrick Tuipulotu looks to have forced his way into the World Cup squad.

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Patrick Tuipulotu looks to have forced his way into the World Cup squad.

OPINION: As the clock ticks closer to All Blacks coach Steve Hansen naming his 31-man squad to contest the Rugby World Cup, time is running out for those on the selection fringe. Who will make the cut and who will be on the outside peeping in? In the second of Stuff’s five-part series ahead of Wednesday’s squad selection, our rugby writers pick the locks bound for Japan.

Players they’ll take:Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Patrick Tuipulotu.

Biggest winner:Patrick Tuipulotu

Biggest loser:Jackson Hemopo

Summary:Brodie Retallick’s dislocated shoulder throws a spanner in the works, with no specific comeback date stated. Even if only fit come the knockout stage, he’s too valuable to be left out. With another specialist lock then desired, that seals Patrick Tuipulotu’s berth in the squad, helped by a very good performance in the Bledisloe sealer at Eden Park, after which Steve Hansen revealed a change in pre-game diet had helped the 26-year-old combat his previous energy losses and go

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