COMMENT:

In the wake of an All Blacks squad announcement, there is always a wealth of candidates who qualify for a PhD in missing the point.

The question to ask is not whether the selectors have nailed the marginal calls on the fringes of the squad, but whether they have amassed a core group who are capable of winning the World Cup in Japan later this year.

World Cups, contrary to popular opinion, tend not to be won by the squad which boasts the most depth, but by the one which has the most quality in its matchday 23.

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