COMMENT:

It was described as courageous but Liam Squire's decision to make himself unavailable for the All Blacks could just as easily have been categorised as selfless.

It wouldn't be right to simplify the complexity of emotions, needs and issues that drove Squire's decision-making, but it's fair to suggest that at the core of his reasoning was a profound understanding that to have said yes to selection would have damaged the team more than it would himself.

Squire, like every other All Black who has become a regular pick in the Steve Hansen coaching era, has developed an acute awareness

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