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If you’re like us, you’re waiting for the day that many of the soccer players in FIFA tournaments will have the all-black boots of justice. This is still something that happens across the world, but it’s now something that could happen in the European Football Championship too.
With Super Rugby Aotearoa now four rounds in, the new competition is beginning to take shape with many players having shaken off the rust to show their true qualities at this level. The year after the Rugby World Cup often sees a changing of the guard at test level and with many experienced All Blacks having called it a day at test level following Japan, there are several openings available for the next generation to seize their moment in the famous black jersey. Here are a few of the names who have could well force their way into the reckoning at test level…..
Given his debut against the Blues by Warren Gatland in the opening match of the Super Rugby season back in February, Tupaea has not looked back becoming an ever-present in the Chiefs midfield alongside All Blacks centre Anton Lienert-Brown. The young centre has been a highly active performer in Super Rugby Aetoroa and is near the top of the charts for stats including carries (36), metres made (149) and defenders beaten (13). (Source: jondaviesmedia.com)
A smooth-running full-back who is also good under the high ball, Jordan’s style is reminiscent of recent All Black retiree Ben Smith, and the Crusaders back has a devastating turn of pace that often leaves defenders trailing in his wake as seen with his late try against the Highlanders last week. Will face great competition for a spot with the All Blacks with the Barrett brothers (Beauden and Jordie) and Damian McKenzie likely to be vying for the full-back jersey in the coming years, but Jordan possesses real x-factor and a player as talented as him will surely get his opportunity soon.
www.allblacks.com)Since playing their first Test match in 1903, the All Blacks have amassed numerous accolades and are considered one of the most prolific teams across any sport. The All Blacks are the first rugby team to win 500 Test matches and have three Rugby World Cups to their name, winning the title in 2011 and 2015, adding to the inaugural Cup they claimed in 1987. They have also won 10 of the 16 Tri-Nations trophies, seven of the nine Rugby Championships contested, and have most recently have held the Bledisloe Cup for 19 years (2003-2021). The All Blacks also won the Tri-Nations in 2020 contested against Australia and Argentina. (Source: