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The All Blacks 2017 record on tries conceded...

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2017 was the All Blacks worst season since 2009. There was much criticism about the team's defensive lapses. So do the stats reflect a decline in defensive standards? Yes.
Average tries conceded were 50% up on last season and well above the trend line for Steve Hansen's regime.
But, in our full article we put this in perspective....

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All Blacks who have played against the All Blacks

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With the recent Barbarians v All Blacks match providing 6 former All Blacks with the chance to play against their team, we decided to name our top XV who have had the same experience: 1 Ian Clarke, 2 John Black, 3 Ben Franks, 4 Colin Meads, 5 Gary Whetton, 6 Steven Luatua, 7 Graham Mourie, 8 Sione Lauaki, 9 Des Connor, 10 Stephen Bachop, 11 Julian Savea, 12 Alama Ieremia, 13 Jamie Salmon, 14 Doug Howlett, 15 Duncan McGregor. For all the game details...

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