Top 5 Key Match Ups
Julian Savea vs. Frank Halai
It is a clash of the big men here with Savea probably the best wing in the world at the moment. He can do it all and he's big. Don't forget Halai has been an All Black too and has all of the skills Savea does but not as refined. Let them loose at each other in space.
Conrad Smith vs. Charles Piutau
Two completely different players but equally as talented. Smith will have his hands full on defense here but Piutau is inexperienced at centre and could be exposed on defense himself.
Ma'a Nonu vs. Francis Saili
The experienced campaigner against a player who has fallen out of favour. Saili was labelled as the next big thing in the All Blacks midfield but with Nonu, SBW and Malakai Fekitoa all now ahead of him, he needs a big game and an even bigger season.
Victor Vito vs. Steven Luatua
These guys could both be considered fringe All Blacks at this which is why this match up is one to watch. Whoever plays best in this game might get the nod come mid-year.
Ben Franks vs. Tony Woodcock
This makes the scrummaging semi-watchable. Great to see two All Blacks props go head to head especially in Woodcock's comeback match.