In an ideal world the All Blacks side to play Tonga would look a little different than it does.

Dane Coles would be starting, so would Sam Cane and Richie Mo'unga and probably Sonny Bill Williams and Rieko Ioane.

That those five are not, is a bigger disappointment to coach Steve Hansen than he would ever let on because it has probably curtailed his selection options for the critical opening World Cup match against South Africa.


Injuries to Coles, Cane and Mo'unga have denied the All Blacks the opportunity to develop their preferred combinations, while the non availability of