Brodie Retallick All Blacks v England: Shock loss a grim reality check for young All Blacks stars

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Brodie Retallick All Blacks wing Sevu Reece failed make an impact in the 19-7 loss to England in the World Cup semifinal.

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All Blacks wing Sevu Reece failed make an impact in the 19-7 loss to England in the World Cup semifinal.

OPINION:The gloomy All Blacks players woke in Tokyo on Sunday morning, looked at the overcast sky and wished they could wind back the clock.

Anything to have another crack at England, and scrub away the nightmare of losing 19-7 in the Rugby World Cup semifinal the previous evening. 

Brodie Retallick All Blacks captain Kieran Read won't end his career on a high after his team crashed to a 19-7 loss to England.

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All Blacks captain Kieran Read won’t end his career on a high after his team crashed to a 19-7 loss to England.

Gone are the New Zealanders’ hopes of a title three-peat, a consequence of losing their first World Cup game since 2007.

Captain Kieran Read and coach Steve Hansen, who will retire after the bronze medal game next weekend, won’t be greeted upon their return to New Zealand as conquering heroes.

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​A number of other loyal servants are also finishing up.

Brodie Retallick All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is expected to work with the Toyota club in Japan after the tournament.

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All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is expected to work with the Toyota club in Japan after the tournament.

Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty have committed to offshore clubs. Matt Todd is understood to have agreed terms with a Japanese club and Sonny Bill Williams is expected to move on.

Brodie Retallick will not play for the All Blacks for at least two years, having negotiated a deal to play in Japan before returning to the Chiefs.

Some management staff are on the way out. Popular forwards coach Mike Cron announced several months ago this was to be his swansong.

He’s unlikely to be alone.

There could be a major clean-out when H

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