Brodie Retallick Wanted: An All Blacks lock to match Maro Itoje, the new John Eales

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Brodie Retallick Steve Hansen congratulates England lock Maro Itoje after the Rugby World Cup semifinal.

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Steve Hansen congratulates England lock Maro Itoje after the Rugby World Cup semifinal.

OPINION:How do you solve a problem like Maro?

That’s the challenge facing the next All Blacks coach no matter who that might be.

England lock Maro Itoje gave a performance so commanding on Saturday night that if he had been required to nail a penalty a goal with seconds to go you suspect he would have done so.

He was like John Eales, Victor Matfield and Martin Johnson rolled into one – the sort of player who emerges every now and again to get inside of the All Blacks’ heads and cause them all sorts of pain.

Brodie Retallick John Eales passes the ball from the back of a lineout during the famous win against the All Blacks in Wellington in 2000.

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John Eales passes the ball from the back of a lineout during the famous win against the All Blacks in Wellington in 2000.

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Itoje is 25. He’s not even at his peak. But there he was, winning every collision, ripping the ball off Codie Taylor, winning turnovers and playing t

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