Hansen's Replacements

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The use of just 7 replacements during the All Black's recent test match against Argentina was the first occasion in almost 4 years where the All Blacks have not elected to clear their bench. For the last 43 tests, going back to the 2015 World Cup, all 8 subs have earnt test match caps.

Players of Island Heritage

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It is apparent that players of Pacific Island heritage add a lot to our national game. It is also apparent that they provide specific skills, and tend to dominate certain positions in our game. These players are generally more explosive and instinctive and often provide more strength. It's a sensitive subject to classify players in this way. But the facts reinforce these differences. We've looked at the numbers. Of all of the All Black players used in the wing position since professionalism 42% have come from an Island heritage. Yet, at halfback or first-five this rate is about 6%....