Brodie Retallick Rugby: In the spotlight – Five wannabe All Blacks with the most to prove in Super Rugby

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Next year the new All Blacks coach will have two tests against Wales and one against Scotland to prepare for in July.Patrick McKendrynames five young men who could be included in an extended squad ahead of the Rugby Championship and end-of-year tour.

Brodie Retallick Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes)

Really, the 26-year-old Laumape, who has played 13 tests, doesn’t have much else to prove. He did everything in his power to get to the Rugby World Cup and in the end the selectors went for experience in Japan. It was a personal blow for him but it’s unlikely that his presence in an under-pressure midfield would have made much difference during the semifinal defeat to England. Regardless, following the departures of Ryan Crotty and Sonny Bill Williams, Laumape will definitely be in the All Black midfield mix next year alongside Anton Lienert-Brown and Jack Goodhue, and possibly Braydon Ennor. Interestingly, Laumape, who made his test debut in 2017, has never played for the All Blacks alongside Goodhue.

Brodie Retallick Du’Plessis Kirifi (Hurricanes)

Matt Todd has gone and Ardie Savea may be groomed for the All Blacks No 8 role following the retirement of K

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