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%....

All Black Debutants

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The recent test match against Japan involved 8 new All Black debutants. Not since 1986 when we had 10 test debutants have we given away so many new caps. And they were extenuating circumstances. You have to go back a long way to find more debutants in a single test match....