The great days of legendary All Blacks locking combination Brodie Retallick-Sam Whitelock may be close to the end.

They say fear ripped through a rugby nation when Ben Smith went down with a nasty-looking injury during the Highlanders clash with the Chiefs.

Fear not, because the fate of the All Blacks cannot rest on one man.

Fear again though, because it rests very heavily upon two.


Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock are the greatest lock pairing in the history of rugby, their closest rivals being the yin and yang South African act of Victor Matfield and Bakkies Botha.

Retallick has