Yet the tense backdrop, following successive defeats to Ireland and France on last year's northern tour, paints a high-stakes scene. He was close to returning for the Super Rugby final, though, and should have no issues being passed fit for the All Blacks. David Havili's performance in the Crusaders dominant Super Rugby final triumph is expected to give him the first crack at the problematic No 12 jersey. While Richie Mo'unga outplayed Beauden Barrett in the Super Rugby final the latter was hamstrung by the Blues failing to deliver any form of front-foot ball. The All Blacks seem set to persevere with the same starting trio – Akira Ioane, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea – that finished last season.
Source: The Herald June 25, 2022 02:04 UTC