No player has been more admired, and none escapes criticism the way Ben Smith has.

When Steve Hansen and the All Black selectors unveil their World Cup squad this week, one of the big questions will be this: Have they got the nerve to drop Ben Smith?

Smith has struck a unique chord with the New Zealand rugby public, the selfless servant, the boy next door, the dedicated professional who has made the very most and then some from his abilities.

Smith has been an All Black rock. And I'm also not sure if the Hansen regime is totally immune

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