Brodie Retallick All Blacks v England: Steve Hansen keeps ABs evolving deep into World Cup

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The All Blacks coach said it’s not about how much experience a player has, but rather what experiences they’ve earned.

While Steve Hansen will be disappointed to lose Matt Todd for the World Cup semifinal against England, he may feel confident he still has more attacking aces tucked up his sleeve than Eddie Jones.

All Blacks substitute openside flanker Todd, who took the field in the 57th minute and scored a try before being yellow carded in the 46-14 win over Ireland in the quarterfinal in Tokyo on Saturday night, is unlikely to play the semi because he took a knock to the shoulder.

Brodie Retallick Matt Todd, left, is likely to be replaced by Shannon Frizell on the All Blacks bench if he is forced out of the World Cup semifinal in Yokohama next weekend.

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Matt Todd, left, is likely to be replaced by Shannon Frizell on the All Blacks bench if he is forced out of the World Cup semifinal in Yokohama next weekend.

It’s tough luck for Todd, who will play in Japan next year and won’t be eligible for the All Blacks; his international career could be over. 

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“We will just have to see how he goes, but it is probably unlikely he is going to be available,” Hansen confirmed.

Todd and Hansen, who will likely add Shannon Frizell to the bench if the Crusaders fetcher is unfit, would have accepted there was little point lingering on the subject.

Getting the All Blacks back into shape, mentally and physically, for the semi against an Eddie Jones-coached England team that beat Australia 40-16 in their quarterfinal in Oita is now the major

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