Every squad, every All Blacks team, is feverishly debated. Every New Zealand rugby fan is an expert. But for Steve Hansen and his confidants, Ian Foster and Grant Fox, what exactly determines the art of selection?

Hansen's late father, Des, an astute coach himself, once told his son: "There's a lot of good coaches and good selectors out there, Steve, but there's not many who are great selectors and great coaches."

Hansen adds: "He said, 'I can tell you this: if you get the selection right, that will help you be a good coach'.

"To me, selection is one of

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