ANALYSIS: It’s always good to have options in a Rugby World Cup year.
Sevu Reece’s long-term injury has created a vacancy at the All Blacks, with Mark Telea and Shaun Stevenson the favourites to replace the Crusaders winger.
But, Emoni Narawa is the outsider worth keeping an eye on.
Narawa is flourishing under the coaching of Clayton McMillan. He looks fit, fast and powerful and his first try against the Blues was an exceptional piece of finishing.
* All Blacks and Highlanders prop Ethan de Groot re-signs until 2src26
* Beauden Barrett’s shocker bad news for Blues, not so concerning for All Blacks
* Wounded Hurricanes aided by timely return of young first-five Aidan Morgan
* Ex-All Black Mils Muliaina says Beauden Barrett ‘lacks confidence’, should move to No 15
* Chiefs make it six in a row as they hold out Blues in Super Rugby Pacific thriller
No one beats defenders like Telea, and Stevenson is thriving at fullback, but Narawa has an all-round skillset that continues to impress.
15 Shaun Stevenson (Chiefs): Tough conditions for a fullback, but his final pass for Emoni Narawa’s second try was an underrated piece of subtle skill.
14 Emoni Narawa (Chiefs): The fo
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