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The All Blacks at least feature among the four nominees for World Rugby’s try of the year award.
OPINION:The All Blacks will be like a grizzly bear harbouring a grudge for the next four years, but the pain of defeat alone isn’t a guarantee they’ll be successful at the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.
The nature of the loss to England, rather than the loss itself, will prompt all manner of hard questions for everyone involved in the game.
The conclusions they reach will inform future selection decisions and might draw them towards the sort of athletes that New Zealand has typically unleashed on the world: explosive powerful backs and power forwards with a bit of edge about them.
With that in mind, Stuff has taken a look into the crystal ball to come up with this match-day squad for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
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15. Will Jordan (Crusaders, 25*): Looks every inch an All Blacks fullback-in-waiting, although may be integrated into the side on the right wing. Has already developed the knack for big plays.
14. Caleb Clarke (Blues, 24*):One of New Zealand’s historical advantages has been pace and size out wide and the 105kg Clarke fits the bill. There is lots of improvement left in him but he has a kicking game and Sevens campaign alongside fellow rising star Etene Nanai-Seturo in 2020 won’t do him any harm.
13. Jack Goodhue (Crusaders, 28*):Should be at his prime at the next Rugby World Cup and the English reality check after uninterrupted success at the Crusaders may be beneficial in the longer run.
12. Ngani Laumape (Hurricanes, 30*):Did we all get swept away by the romance of the ALB-Goodhue partnership? Wrecking ball Laumape will be at the peak of his powers in 2023 and don’t forget the Ma’a Nonu precedent – Nonu missed out on the 2007 RWC but won in 2011 as a 29-year-old.
11. Rieko Ioane (Blues, 26*):Will be bitterly disappointed at how this season played out but that just might spur him on during the coming years. Beauden Barrett’s move to the Blues next year could revitalise him. Also worth asking if a shift to No 1
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