Some of the high-profile All Blacks who didn’t make the trip to Samoa rightly have the spotlight on them as the first home game of the year approaches.
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Julian Savea has nothing to prove on Friday night against Argentina despite claims by some critics that he dropped the Hurricanes chance of winning Super Rugby.
Savea is one of just a few players in the All Blacks line up who doesn’t need to solidify his position on the wing.
That cannot be said for so many others in the All Blacks this year.
The RWC is going to come around fast, with the likelihood of experimentation and rotation set high, the likes of Beauden Barrett and TJ Perenara now find themselves on a equal playing field with players higher up the ranks as the battle for selection heats up.
The perfect All Black side would have four starters locked in for the rest of the season, but all over positions should be open for trail in the very few games that are ahead before the RWC.
Those four players would be, Julian Savea, Conrad Smith, Richie McCaw, and Ma’a Nonu.
Some media commentators have said that Daniel Carter needs to be the regular starter at first five for the All Blacks heading into the RWC, and if this becomes a reality, that means Carter would have earned the spot by finding the form that has seen him become the benchmark kicker in rugby.
If Carter finds that form, it will spell that Beauden Barrett and Colin Slade will be bench warmers for the entire season, barring positional swapping by Steve Hansen and the selectors.
And then there is Lima Sopoaga who has put up stats have seen him become the best kicker in 2015 thus far without question.
If Carter remains fit, the challenge will be to keep the on-field form at a continual growth, because that is the only way he will be able to justify to the All Black coaches and the public that he should start come crunch time in the World Cup.