If Akira Ioane has played his way into the All Blacks, he didn't do it emphatically.

He certainly won't have won a majority decision in the court of public opinion after producing a Super Rugby campaign that started better than it ended and at times was a victim of the general indecision and lack of cohesion that defined the Blues' season.

But the All Blacks are not picked by the people and the selectors who do have the responsibility for shaping the national team don't need emphatic evidence to be persuaded about who to include.


Ioane could perhaps have