Cutting Ngani Laumape now looks the easy part of the midfield riddle the All Blacks face for their World Cup campaign.
He was in great shape and the only injury-free contender but Laumape did not fit the strategic template the selectors wanted for the tournament.
They wanted a wider brushstroke of versatile skills and match judgement from Jack Goodhue, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams and Ryan Crotty.
But choosing that midfield palette comes with Red Cross issues wrapped in Rubik's Cube difficulties.
Goodhue has not played since the test against the Wallabies in Perth, SBW had a brief run