Rugby World Cup 2019: All Blacks auditions to continue against South Africa

The All Blacks host a crowd of blindside flankers that will soon disperse as the squad is set to get cut down 

After Vaea Fifita tried to impress against the Pumas, Shannon Frizell can show he shouldn't be cut on Saturday against the Springboks. 

Frizell admits it’s probably the biggest test of his career as he tries to prove his worth ahead of the World Cup later this year. 

With top number six Liam Squire currently unavailable but still a chance for the World Cup, it's almost now or never to impress for the rest.

"Every game you play you should be treating it as if it's your last," Steve Hansen said. 

Chiefs hardman Luke Jacobson is another contender after a solid bench debut against the Pumas.

"It's definitely opened my eyes a lot. It's a good thing," Jacobson said. 

"Even if I don't end up staying around here then I'll take it back to Waikato and help out there as well."

Another option is skipper Kieran Read, who started his career there.


If he shifted it could allow in-form Ardie Savea to play at eight and Sam Cane at seven.

"You'll have to wait and see, there's no point me telling the world what we're doing," Hansen said.

"Look I'd do whatever for this team but right now it's at number eight and I'm excited to be playing there," Read said. 

"It's the role I want to be playing, but we'll see what happens later in the year."


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