COMMENT:

If there is one thing we know to be true about World Cup years, it is the heightened capacity of the media and public to become blind to the bigger picture.

It often seems like a World Cup year is an endless quest to over-analyse, forecast doom and be belligerently dismissive that the coaching staff might just know what they are doing.

Trust goes out the window, and almost certainly at some point between now and the World Cup quarter-finals, the All Blacks will incur the wrath of their fan base whose expectations will remain fixed on the short-term

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