In these days of extended groups and apprentice players just along for the experience, the announcement of All Blacks squads has lost a little mystique over the years. Apart from World Cup squads, that is.

Thanks to the increasingly high importance placed on the once-every-four-year jamborees by World Rugby and the competing teams and supporters, media bosses eager to cash in on the hype, and often feverish speculation on social media, they are different beasts altogether, so, at the risk of adding to the noise, prepare for a step up in intensity over the next few days before Wednesday's big

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