The road to Japan is going down bizarre side streets but at least the All Blacks are making life interesting.

As to whether it is becoming too interesting for their own good, we are about to find out.

As the picture is emerging, the All Black coaches and selectors will come to be regarded as geniuses or people who lost the plot by the end of the 2019 tournament. It's hard to pick which way it will go.


But they have taken conventional test rugby wisdom, which treasures building combinations and individual confidence within a squad, and turned it


Give me Israel Folau's honest nonsense over SBW's vapid protestations