The All Blacks coaches were right to come home from Europe last year concerned that their props had fallen behind the best in the Northern Hemisphere.

The coaches first suspected the rest of the world was catching up when the British Lions were out here in 2017.

Even in a series that had so much going on, the mobility and ball-running brilliance of Irish tight-head Tadhg Furlong stood out.


No one could put him down first attempt and in the second test, in particular, he damaged the All Blacks.

This wouldn't have been such a big deal had it