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Wynne Gray: Six Brits in my composite ABs XV

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Jerome Kaino of the All Blacks and James Haskell of England would both make Wynne Gray's composite XV. Photo / Getty Images.
Jerome Kaino of the All Blacks and James Haskell of England would both make Wynne Gray's composite XV. Photo / Getty Images.

If the All Blacks and England continue to dominate their rugby horizons, anticipation will surge about their square-off-late next year at the earliest.

Former hooker Brian Moore is one critic who thinks England have bridged the gap from potential to a genuine threat to the All Blacks global supremacy.

England have risen to No 2 in the rankings after their away series win against the Wallabies which was confirmed by an unyielding discipline in attitude and defence.

A number of England's reworked squad have excelled and would win selection in a composite All Black/England mix from the tests we have seen in June.

Some players like Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo and Owen Farrell have switched roles but we can pick them in their best position while others like Aaron Cruden have been injured or like Malakai Fekitoa subbed early.

But here's a best composite XV to digest:

Ben Smith, Waisake Naholo, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read ©, James Haskell, Jerome Kaino, Brodie Retallick, Maro Itoje, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Mako Vunipola.

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Wynne Gray is a Herald columnist

The latest commentary and analysis from senior rugby writer Wynne Gray. Wynne has been covering the All Blacks for more than 27 years and has attended more than 230 All Blacks tests live for the Herald.

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