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All Blacks star Brodie Retallick has been credited with “changing the shape of attacking rugby”.
In looking at the developments in rugby over the last decade, astuteTimeswriter Stuart Barnes lauded the efforts of the New Zealand lock who was World Rugby’s player of the year in 2014.
In a period dominated by fellow All Blacks like Dan Carter and Richie McCaw, Barnes felt Retallick’s contribution to New Zealand’s success and the game’s progression shouldn’t be understated.
His assessment was that Retallick had “played the revolutionary role in the expansion of a second row’s repertoire of skills”.
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“In the era of Dan Carter, it was the lanky lock forward who changed the shape of attacking rugby,” Barnes wrote inThe Times.
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