All Black wingers under spotlight in RWC opener

The performances of the All Black wingers will be looked at closely as the defending champions open their RWC in front of 90,000 people.

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When Nehe Milner-Skudder runs out onto Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon it will cap off a remarkable year of rugby thus far for the youngster who had quickly become a regular starter.

Milner-Skudder will be pinching himself because this time a year ago he was a relative unknown.

After a beyond impressive Super Rugby season with the Hurricanes the winger was given a deserved shot in the black jersey; making it count with two tries on debut against the Wallabies.

Milner-Skudder is confident enough to believe he deserves to be in the squad long term, but this World Cup will be a solid test of the youngsters’ mental strength in high-pressure situations.

The Super Rugby final for the Hurricanes is no comparison, this goes for Julian Savea as well.

All eyes should be on the performances of the two All Black wingers in particular.

To many, Julian Savea should always be featured in the All Blacks strongest squad but he needs to improve his form slightly. This World Cup is the perfect opportunity to take the place and status of the “new Jonah Lomu” in modern day rugby.

Daniel Carter also makes his first start in a World Cup since his traumatic injury in 2011 that ruled him out of the last tournament.

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